Flooding closes Milford’s Harborside Middle School

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MILFORD - Remnants of Hurricane Ida left several homes with flooded basements, roads covered in water and one school closed Thursday.

Harborside Middle School, off High Street, was shuttered Thursday due to flooding, according to Milford public schools communications director Kathy Bonetti.

Bonetti said school maintenance workers would be assessing the damage and plan needed cleanup. She said that during storms with intense rain - such as Wednesday night into Thursday morning - the first floor, which is below grade, can have water seep in.

“The school traditionally has flooding issues,” Bonetti said.

No other schools were impacted. Students at Harborside Middle School have the day off, Bonetti said, and there is no remote learning option.

The city’s Chief of Staff Justin Rosen said flooded areas remain on Red Bush Lane, the entrance ramp to Interstate 95 southbound at Exit 39-A, and almost the entire area along the Wepawaug River. Rosen said railroad underpasses — Gulf Street and Beardsley Avenue — also had flooding issues but have since subsided.

“We had several areas in the city that experienced significant flooding in addition to a number of downed trees,” Rosen said. “Our public works crews have been working throughout the night and now, with the benefit of daylight, will continue to assess and address the storm-related impacts.”

Milford Police Officer Brianna MacDonald said officers mainly dealt with power outage issues. She said there were 31 false alarms, and officers had to deal with outages of lights at intersections throughout the city.

“Power outages and alarms seemed to be most of our calls for service regarding the storm,” MacDonald said. “There were five calls regarding vehicles stuck in the water.”