Update, 3:30 p.m.: Connecticut Light & Power crews have begun assessing the damage in Norwalk. Some 71 trees have fallen in the city, Mayor Richard Moccia says.
People can go out but should use caution and some roads are blocked, Moccia says.
Residents along Calf Pasture Beach Road in East Norwalk say water rushed down their street this morning.
"We watched the water rush down Beach Road," resident Jane Wilkins said in an email. "It poured over the sea wall on Beach Road at Cove Marina and came gushing out of Calf Pasture at about 11:30 am. ater quickly filled Spar Road, Island Drive, Beach Road and Taylor Farm.
"Watched a field mouse and a skunk (both live) float past in the current. Several pilings from the marina -- large telephone pole-like logs --rushed by in the water. Residents of Island and Spar were intercepting the pilings to bring them to rest on higher ground."
Original story: NORWALK, Conn. -- Hurricane Irene has flooded parts of South Norwalk with several feet of water, residents and officials say.
"Most of South Norwalk where we are is an island. There's just no way to get through," says Rick Reardon, who lives on Quintard Avenue. "The houses have no damage but most of the cellars have 3 to 5 feet of water."
People have pumps but no power to remove the water, he added.
More than 50 trees have fallen down across Norwalk and crews are still counting. Falllen trees have made many roads impassable, especially in low-lying areas, Mayor Richard Moccia said early Sunday afternoon.
"It may not have been as bad as it could have been but it was as bad as we thought it might be," Moccia said.
City crews are clearing trees and roads -- but only where no powerlines down. Connecticut Light and Power will not send out its own crews to start restoring power until the utility has decided the storm has passed, Moccia said.
There was at least one fire reported from fallen powerlines, Moccia said.
"It's going to be a while before the power is restored," he said. "At least two or three days until we get the power back."
By 2 p.m., flood waters were receeding in the city, he said.
"I toured the city earlier today with the police," Moccia said. "Calf Pasture Beach Road was wet. Veterans Park was waist high in water, right up to Seaview (Avenue). The Roth Avenue bridge was being covered with water."
Schools are scheduled to open Wednesday but some buildings have lost power. Superintendent Susan Marks is evaluating the situation, Moccia said.
The shelter at Brien McMahon High School will remain open Sunday night but is likely to close Monday as flood waters recede, roads open and officials prepare for the first day of school, Moccia said.
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