CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - "They should just condemn this street and let the river takeit," said Cranston resident Brenda Furtado.
She lives in one of about a dozen Cranston houses along PerkinsAvenue near the Pawtuxet River who evacuated Monday morning as theriver reached record levels.
She said the flooding is scary. "Scary because we're going tolose everything again. It's the second time in less than fiveyears."
Several streets in Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick lookedlike rivers, forcing firefighters to use rafts to rescue strandedresidents.
Water levels on the Pawtuxet were at 14.88 feet and rising bynoon Monday, well above the record water level of 14.5 feet set inJune 1982.
The area was placed under a flood warning, and
Meanwhile, another flood warning was issued for the BlackstoneRiver in Lincoln and Cumberland, where minor flooding is expectedthrough Tuesday. Water levels were more than a foot above floodstage by noon.
The entire Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts area wasplaced under a flood warning for streets, areas of poor drainageand small streams through Monday afternoon. Rainfall totals of 2 to6 inches are expected to produce widespread street and small streamflooding through the day.
Rain is expected to continue in the area throughout the day andevening, finally tapering off after midnight.
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