Chris Barnes set out orange barrels Wednesday evening on Meadow Street to keep motorists from getting caught in a rather large puddle. Within minutes, drivers had moved the barrels and gone on through.
Barnes was working for the Norwalk Department of Public Works and had been called by a Norwalk police officer who was concerned about the amount of water at Meadow Street and Wilson Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. Officers blocked the roadway until Barnes and another DPW employee showed up. Barrels deployed, both police and DPW left, and the driver of the first car to come along moved the obstruction. A well-intentioned observer replaced the barrels, but the next driver moved them again.
Cars moved through the flooded area without a problem at least while The Daily Norwalk was there.
Heavy rain had been falling a short while earlier, so thick it was hard to see through. Nearly 2 inches fell Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel . Expect more, as the website says the chance of rain is 60 percent through Friday. Winds are expected to be light, at 5 to 10 mph and will come from the east. High temperature is expected to be 67 degrees Thursday with a low of 56.
Police were also concerned about the Keeler Avenue-Interstate 95 underpass Wednesday, a usual spot of trouble during heavy rains . Dispatchers said several cars were trapped there at about 7 p.m.
They were gone when The Daily Norwalk got there, and the road was blocked by barrels. As the blockage wasn't noted at either end of the road, many motorists traveled up to the barrels and turned around except for one.
The small SUV traveled up the sidewalk, which was also underwater, hugging the side of the road, close to the wall of the underpass. It worked. But we don't recommend the trick.
The intersection of Meadow and Wilson was officially reopened at 9:43 p.m.
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