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Monday, August 15, 2011

Rainy Bout Leaves Its Mark; More Due to Return End of Week

Rainy Bout Leaves Its Mark; More Due to Return End of Week:
Roads safe – with an exception – in past dozen hours
By Mike Lauterborn
(Posted to 8/15)
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Fairfield, CT – It was just shy of 11 a.m. Monday when the Dodge pickup, barreling north on South Pine Creek Road, approached the intersection of Oldfield Road. There had been a steady, heavy rain through the night and morning that had made road surfaces slick. In a hurry to get to his destination, the pickup’s driver didn't see the silver Toyota Camry, traveling eastbound, enter the four-way passage…and when he did, it was too late.

Though he applied the pickup’s brakes, the vehicle careened into the right rear door and quarter panel of the Camry. The impact forced the car, carrying a female driver, up over a small strip of grass to come to rest on the sidewalk and front path of the home at 978 Oldfield Road.

Fortunately, there were no injuries according to one of two Fairfield police officers that was processing the accident, and there was no damage to the home’s property. There was, however, significant damage to the Camry and a flatbed truck had to be summoned to the scene to retrieve the Toyota.

Surprisingly, the officer writing up the report said the accident was the only one he was aware of today. “I’m always hopeful,” said the officer. As to how motorists can avoid becoming a statistic, the patrolman advised, “Slow down in the rain.”

This was good advice going forward given the National Weather Service’s forecast for lingering wet weather, at least into Tuesday. For tonight, a 60% chance of showers are likely, and a flood advisory remains in effect; for Tuesday, a 50% chance of showers is forecast, dropping to 20% Tuesday evening. Wednesday’s working itself up to be a beach day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s during the day.

But then moisture is due to return, with an increasing chance of thunderstorms as the week comes to a close. The weather signals the gradual appearance of fall, dwindling vacation days and the ultimate return of children to area schools.

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