Flood concerns: Water still high

UPDATED 6:14 p.m. Saturday — The NWS is reporting the water level around the Stevenson Dam is 12.55 feet at 5:30 p.m., although still above the flood stage of 11 feet, water levels are lowering.

According to the state’s latest fishing report, the Housatonic River is “unfishably” and will remain so through the weekend and beyond. Flow rates are very high, currently reported as high as 7,580 cfs (cubic feet per second) in some sections of the river, more than 20 times the average for this time of year.

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The Naugatuck River remains fishable, though it too is seeing far above average flow. Anglers have reported some success catching trout, though the state advises sticking to smaller streams and rivers this weekend as they will see water levels drop the fastest.

UPDATED 9:21 a.m. Saturday — According to NWS, the water level at the Stevenson Dam is going down slightly. At 8:30 a.m., water was recorded at 13.28 feet.

UPDATED 5:41 p.m. Friday — The water levels at the Stevenson Dam were recorded at 13.37 feet at 5:01 p.m. Flooding is still a concern in areas to the south, as the flood stage is 11 feet.

UPDATED 1:30 p.m. Friday — Police Chief Joel Hurliman has urged residents who live along the Housatonic to tie off their boats and docks to prevent them from being swept away by running water. He said it is "still drivable," but later tonight more flooding is expecting in The Maples. "The water is going to come up if the levels continue to rise," he said.

UPDATED 7:28 a.m. Friday — The water around the Stevenson Dam was recorded at 12.47 feet before 7 a.m. this morning. Flood stage is 11 feet. According to NWS, the water is predicted to go down to 11.39 feet later today.

UPDATED 9 p.m. Thursday — With recent heavy rainfall, flooding in the lower levels of Shelton — especially at The Maples — may happen.

Throughout the day, there have been flood watches and warnings throughout the state. Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. the Housatonic at Stevenson Dam was recorded at 9.77 feet. The flood stage is 11 feet.  Thursday morning, water levels were also high at Stevenson Dam. According to the National Weather Service, water levels are predicted to be at 10 feet through the weekend.

"We're urging everybody to not just look at the flood predictor," but to just pay attention to what's going on outside, said Police Chief Joel Hurliman. "When [the water level] starts to go up, it goes up rapidly."

Hurliman said most of Shelton doesn’t drain into the Housatonic, and the water flowing downstream in the Housatonic comes from as far away as Massachusetts.

"If you live in the Maples, be vigilant," said Hurliman. "If you know that it's going to be raining for a long time, you might want to consider moving your vehicle so it's not too late."

The Maples is a small residential community along the banks of the Housatonic River, near Indian Well State Park. Flooding has been a frequent problem at the Maples.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Housatonic River at Stevenson Dam, which holds back Lake Zoar.

According to the NWS, the river is at 11.7 feet as of this morning, with 11 feet considered flooded. Water is reaching the Maples area of Shelton and the river is expected to continue to rise through this afternoon before cresting at 12.3 feet and remaining over 12 feet through tomorrow.

Flooding is possible throughout the entire Valley through Saturday, according to the NWS. Heavy rains are expected, with total rainfall possibly exceeding four inches. Small streams and ponds will likely flood, as could urban areas with poor drainage. The Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers could also approach the limits of their banks.