WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Cars are stranded in flooding parking lots from Bridgewater to Quechee and Route 14 is already cut off in West Hartford with an official Flood Warning issued for the White River beginning around 5 p.m. this afternoon and extending into the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday morning.
Streams, swales, ditches and other drainage points are running hard from Killington down through Woodstock and the entire Connecticut River watershed as overnight rains and melting snow have put numerous low-lying areas underwater.
The White River in West Hartford was up to 15 feet, just below the bottom of the West Hartford Bridge as of 2 p.m., according to a flood gauge maintained by the National Weather Service.
The White River is completely across Route 14 just north of Tigertown Road in West Hartford
The current predictions do not call for the White to rise more than a few inches higher before it starts to fall at around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, although in the case of some properties right along the riverbank just a few inches could make the difference on lowland flooding.
For comparison, during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 the same gauge on the White River was reading just over 28 feet.
On the Connecticut River in West Lebanon a similar gauge was at 22 feet as of 2 p.m. and minor flooding was already occurring in the parking lots behind J.C. Penny, Kohl's and the CVS Pharmacy. Again, while the water on the Connecticut is now officially within the "minor flood" level for the river, it is not expected to rise more than a few more inches before it starts to fall around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Water stands in the parking area behind the former Sears store in West Lebanon
Route 14 is shut down above West Hartford
A driver makes his way out to his stranded car in the parking lot next to the Quechee Green
Canadian geese aren't phased in the least by the swift water on the White River
Rising water on the Ottauquechee forced Simon Pearce to close Monday as crews pumped out the basements
Water roars over the falls and underneath the Quechee Covered Bridge
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