The waters from Hurricane Irene flow into tributaries, then into large rivers like the Connecticut River, before eventually arriving at the ocean. In Hartford, the flood waters peaked on Wednesday. The riverfront in Hartford has been engineered to provide safe places for the water to spread out during floods. After the waters drain away, we are left with parkland for people's enjoyment. I have shown some of that here and here. This week the waters peaked on Wednesday at 24 feet above sea level (four feet being normal). As you can see, no significant damage occurred here, though flooding elsewhere in the state has been bad.
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