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Tracking Henri: Thousands Without Power In Connecticut, Wet Mess In Westchester County

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) -- Connecticut got hit hard by Henri with rain all day Sunday.

There have been scattered showers there Monday.

While Metro North resumed service service to a popular line there, some area beaches have to turn away swimmers due to all the rain.

As CBS2's John Dias reports, forceful gusts of wind knocking around boats in Long Island Sound just off Connecticut, along with strong waves, are making for a hazardous day on the water. They're signs the storm isn't quite over.

"It's worse now, at this time, with the wind and rain this morning, than it was anytime eight hours I was here yesterday," said Mike Capalbo, the gatekeeper at Greenwich Point Park.


Capalbo says coastal flooding tends to be an isse at Greenwich Point Park. Monday, it's the rain.

"It was raining sideways just a little while ago," Capalbo said.

Much of Fairfield County has lucked out with the storm, but those looking to get in a beach day at the park, not so much.

"I know swimming is closed because of all the rain we had. Bacteria is likely high," said Dr. Gregory Kramer, superintendent parks and trees for the Town of Greenwich. "Less severe in terms of wind. I think the rain was a bit more than anticipated."

Sunday, Metro North suspended all New Haven lines due to the storm. Monday, service resumed just in time for the beginning of the work week.

"On Friday, I was like ehh, I don't know if I'll be able to take the train in for Monday. But I don't think the storm was as intense as they thought," said Taylor Kelsey of Stamford.

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At Stamford train station, Dias found a Ridgefield father who was actually hoping to lose power.

"A little disappointing, it's always exciting, get the generator out and have fun with it," said Steven Coury.

Though his 10-year-old son may share the same name, he doesn't share that same feeling.

"It's also boring, because when there is power you can do a lot more stuff," said Steven Coury, Jr.

In central and eastern Connecticut, thousands did lose power. Some crews came all the way from Ohio to help restore it.

Gov. Ned Lamont toured damage Monday in Canterbury.

While many people are breathing a big sigh of relief knowing that this storm isn't as bad as ones we have seen in the past, Lamont says it is not over just yet, so everyone still needs to be careful.

Much of Westchester County saw flooding too. Columbus Park by the Mamaroneck River looked as though it was sinking on Sunday evening.

Jefferson Avenue on the park's perimeter had to be blocked off because of the quick rising water. Ducks were the only ones enjoying the new swimming space.

When Mamaroneck resident Maritza Villanueva saw the flooding start, she trekked through the downpour to move her family's car to higher ground.

"They closed our street, and we had to start moving our cars. We just came back, walking five blocks that way," she told CBS2. "One of the tires was halfway, so we moved it right in time."

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The cars left behind were stuck with water well above their back bumpers.

"By my house, it's been flooded in two areas, two sections, and they all cut it off. The boats came in. It got a little crazy," resident Sebastian Zamora said. "They were prepared to rescue anybody, just in case the flood was there."

It's been a wet mess all over Westchester. Parts of the Taconic Parkway had to shut down, and even after water drained, large pieces of debris remained.

It was so bad in White Plains, one car submerged in the southbound lane, and others had to be rerouted near the county center.


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