Flooding Leads to Busy Friday for Newport Responders

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Newport — The Newport Fire Department was on high alert on Friday afternoon after receiving several calls about flooding around town.

Fire Chief Wayne Conroy said he checked out the ice jams on the Sugar River near the Newport/Goshen town line off Route 10 around 2:30 p.m. and everything seemed fine. However, around 4 p.m., dispatch received a call about residents who were stranded in a mobile home in that area due to rising floodwaters.

Upon arrival, crews learned the residents had made it to safety.

About an hour later, dispatch received a call about a car that was submerged in water on Coon Brook Road, not far from the mobile home. That driver also made it to safety, the chief said.

Throughout the day, the fire department also responded to two homes with flooded basements.

Conroy said he was hopeful the rain would let up.

“We are going to keep an ear to everything,” he said. “If it rains hard, we could have some problems.”

Meanwhile, Woodstock police posted video of an ice jam breaking on the Ottauquechee River in West Woodstock on Friday afternoon. Some water was reported on Fletcher Hill Road, but it soon receded, officials said.