When Bedford Square was built, a state-of-the-art, expensive flood control system in the basement promised to eliminate the problems that bedeviled the YMCA, when it stood on that same Post Road/Main Street corner.
The issue was not water pouring in from outside. Instead, it rose from beneath the structure.
The new system might handle most rains. But yesterday’s torrent — up to 7 inches in 4 hours — overwhelmed even this design.
Anthropologie — the 40,000-square foot anchor tenant in the still-new retail/restaurant/residential complex — is closed today. A large crew of workers are cleaning and vacuuming, after 6 to 8 inches of water filled the basement level.
Our weather woes may not be over. The National Weather Service warns of possible severe thunderstorms tonight, with gusty winds and heavy rain.