PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A heavy storm that began its trek through southern New Englandon Monday caused the worst flooding the area has seen in over acentury and broke several records across Rhode Island.
By the time the storm leaves Wednesday, it's expected to havedropped between 5 and 9 inches over much of Rhode Island andBristol County, Mass. Coupled with a heavy storm two weeks ago thatalso caused flooding, this storm has already made March the wettestmonth on record at the state's main airport, T.F. Green Airport inWarwick.
On Tuesday morning, the Pawtuxet River had already broken itswater level record of 14.9 feet, set just two weeks ago when heavyflooding caused major damage in Cranston and West Warwick. ByTuesday afternoon, the river reached 17 feet, and officials expectit to crest at between 19 and 20 feet by noon Wednesday. Waterisn't expected to drop back into the riverbanks until late Fridayor early Saturday.
The Blackstone River is also expected to reach major flood stageby Thursday evening, peaking at 18 feet, and the WoonasquatucketRiver is also in major flood stage.
Officials late Monday night asked for
Residents in the area said they still haven't recovered from thelast floods.
"We just put a new washer and dryer in, we just put the newboiler in. We're out over $5,000 because we haven't gotten the newchecks yet, so we owe these people this money, and here we go againtwo weeks later," said Brenda Furtado.
In Warwick, some 7,600 homes and businesses were asked not touse their toilets or run any water because of
Flooding also prompted major concerns in East Providence, where
Any one needing a shelter should call (401) 831-7700 forlocations nearest them and directions.
Many schools throughout the state closed for the day or let outtheir students early because of flooded conditions, and numerousroads were closed because they were flooded out.
Rhode Island Gov. Don Caliceri advised commuters to try to gethome by 6 or 7 p.m. to avoid washed-out roads.
About 14,000 customers were without power around 4 p.m.,according to National Grid. About 9,000 of them are in Westerly— most of the town — the utility's Web site reports. About 1,000customers in Providence and another 1,000 in West Warwick werewithout power, and the remaining customers were scatteredthroughout the state.
David Graves of National Grid asked customers statewide to cutback on usage, because the state's entire electric system isinterconnected.
U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, urging him to expandhis federal disaster proclamation to cover the entire state andincrease federal disaster assistance to both the public andindividuals.
On Monday, after requests from the Senators and GovernorCarcieri, the Obama Administration declared Kent, Newport,Providence and Washington Counties as major disasters. Thedeclaration paves the way for the Federal Emergency ManagementAgency to send response teams to flood stricken areas and openDisaster Response Centers where residents and businesses can getassistance with filing disaster relief paperwork.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city needs to get illegal guns off the street, following the shooting death of a city teenager.
A judge handed New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail Thursday as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in Nebraska last summer.
Officers honored included Mark Dececco and John Reposa, who brought an iPad to a special needs child after hers was stolen last December.
Providence police are investigating after a car crashed and caught fire overnight.
Providence police identified the teenager who was shot and killed in broad daylight Wednesday, and the murder suspect was arraigned on multiple charges.