Flooding is expected in low lying areas

The City of Milford, along with the rest of the State of Connecticut, is expecting severe weather over the next 24 hours.

“This weather is expected to bring very heavy rainfall over a relatively short period of time,” Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Brotherton said in a statement he released Friday around 1 p.m. “Residents should expect flooding conditions along river and stream basins, in low lying areas, and other areas prone to flooding. Flooding can also be severe on roads, especially where drainage is slow or impeded.”

Residents should take precautions and remove or protect any property in known flood areas, officials advised. Take note and report any obviously blocked storm drains on roadways.

Motorists should avoid traveling during the storm if possible, especially during heavy downpours. Do not drive through flooded areas, especially under bridges and areas too deep to see the bottom, Brotherton sAlthough this is primarily a rain event and does not necessarily indicate an increased threat of tidal or coastal flooding, residents along the shore and near coastal flood prone areas should take precautions and be aware of the hazard. They should move their vehicles to higher ground and be aware of their surroundings.

The Milford Fire Department and Emergency Management personnel are on full staff in anticipation of this weather event.