CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - Nearly five inches of rain is causing widespreadflooding throughout Rhode Island. One of the hardest hit areasappears to be Fletcher Ave. in Cranston, right on the Johnstonline.
The neighborhood, accustomed to flooding from the nearbyPocasset River, experienced a bit more drama than normal Fridaymorning. The water was so high, emergency crews had to rescuepeople by raft. (clickhere to see extended video of rescue)
Several cars were also stranded in the high water.
In East Providence, firefighters were kept busy most of themorning checking on residents and responding to car accidents anddowned power lines.
The Runnins River overflowed its banks, flooding many nearbystreets and homes.
"It's frustrating. I've got three sump pumps going. And, wheream I going to pump it? Not in my yard, it goes into my neighbor'syard," said Fernando Antonio, who lives on Marsh St in EastProvidence.
Now, neighbors are just hoping the streets drain before thetemperatures drop Friday night.
We're not expecting to see an abundance of snow, but the timing of the storm will make things tricky for area motorists.
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