Tropical Storm Ophelia fails to washout some weekend plans in Norwalk

The storm's impact Saturday afternoon was more of an irritation than a major flood risk, much to the appreciation of festival organizers.

Tom Krosnowski

Sep 23, 2023, 4:56 PM

Updated 242 days ago

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Tropical Storm Ophelia brought rain and wind to Connecticut's coast on the first day of fall, but it didn't totally wash out weekend plans.
The storm's impact Saturday afternoon was more of an irritation than a major flood risk, much to the appreciation of festival organizers.
"Boaters will be boaters, and a little bit of rain won't hurt anybody," Norwalk Boat Show manager Jon Pritko said.
The Norwalk Boat Show continued with its third day of programming. The show draws thousands every year, rain or shine.
"It's been going on for almost 50 years, and there's a lot of people who come in and say, 'I remember when I was his age,'" Pritko said. "That's what we really focus on, boating is a family pastime."
Saturday didn't resemble the picture-perfect first day of autumn, but that didn't stop the folks at St. Philip Church in Norwalk from their fifth annual Fall Festival.
"There's a lot of sunshine here in the room, and a lot of joy," volunteer Michael Marino said.
The event included everything from pumpkin painting to carnival games, with all proceeds staying within the church as donations.
"The community spirit and the bonding that we get as a faith community is really important," Marino said.
"We get our young folks to volunteer," volunteer Filomena Diurno said. "We get people of all ages, from all walks of life, which is a wonderful cross-section of our parish."
Coastal communities including Norwalk, Milford and Greenwich told their residents to expect local flooding through Sunday, both in urban areas and along the coast.
Residents are reminded to move their vehicles to higher ground and secure outdoor items - and of course – "Turn around, don't drown."


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