Coe Ave & Short Beach Intersection Flooding

The busy intersection was temporarily closed to traffic Friday after the day's heavy rains led to a flash flood in the area.

Update at 4:35 p.m.

The Coe Avenue and Short Beach Road intersection has been reopened to traffic after Friday's heavy rains led to a flash flood and temporary closure of the busy roadways.

The flash flood warning for East Haven and the rest of New Haven County has now expired.

The chance for scattered thunderstorms and rain showers continues into the overnight hours.

Tomorrow's weather expected to be overcast and foggy in the morning, and then partly cloudy the rest of the afternoon with a high of 68 degrees.

Original Story (Posted at 2:45 p.m.)

The heavy rains have taken their toll on East Haven, with flash flooding closing the busy intersection of Coe Avenue and Short Beach Road this afternoon.

East Haven Fire Department and East Haven Police officials are on the scene. And traffic is now being re-routed around the area until the waters have an opportunity to recede.

Flooding is nothing new for the intersection. as the area frequently floods during periods of heavy rains. Most recently, after a severe storm ripped through the town on Aug. 10.

Do you have any flooding in your area of town? Let us know in the comments — and share your photos and video by adding them to the gallery!

Ann Della Camera September 30, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Janet I so agree with you and it floods a lot more often too.
Ann Della Camera September 30, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Nick, I do agree with you, many are all talk and no action. No one has a positive idea in here. I would love to see the cowards use their real names too.
Flowers September 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM
There have been many projects in this are which were suppose to fix this problem but apparently it is a bigger problem than anticipated. Also note the fetid smell in that area frequently. Could be from the swamp or a sewer problem. Fact is it floods and stinks and there must be a fix.
Richard Poulton September 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM
There are so many causing factors to this problem. To respond to Janet's comment about past buildings or the prior lack of them, behind Pied Pipers was the original EH Building Supply Co. lumber yard, where Rite Aid is was a gas station/body shop (Elm City brand) A&B Auto Body, where DD is was the cafe Crossroads, later Pat's Pardee. One cause of the flooding is the shrinkage of the tidal flow creeks that take the storm water. Think of it as carotid arteries of these tidal creek. Over time, marches file in. With this there is no place for water to go during high tide and storms. In 2008 or just prior to that time a plan was approved to re-open the "creek" to the west of Coe Ave. using a special machine, thus allowing for not only better drainage of storm water but to re-establish a place for tidal flow to go. But a major causing factor is what is called "impervious surfaces", aka asphault, causing run-off of storm water instead of being absorbed into the ground. The more impervious surfaces in an area causes more storm water that needs to go somewhere. Combine this with the natural filing of tidal creeks and drainage pipes no longer at a higher elevation and discharge what do we get, flooding. And there is no quick fix.
Ann Della Camera October 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Richard , again I agree, I know all of that was there. but Diamond was not there, the new East Haven Builders was not there,Dunkin Donuts was not there, and they raised the ground so we now get more run off. Edals left being tired of flooding. Now we want to make it worst by putting a storage area in there. I hope the Town is going to have shuttle boats for cars to get through. This problem has really grown through the years, and I still think widening the canal there and mucking it out could help. I always respect what you say Richard, I know you do your research well.


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