PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — While Florence is far removed from being a hurricane as it continues its trek north, the storm caused some trouble in Southern New England on Tuesday.
Fast-moving downpours slowed down travel and lowered visibility for drivers, and also caused significant flooding in some spots.
A number of vehicles got stranded in the rising floodwaters, including on Ferris Avenue in East Providence, where Eyewitness News found Cristobal Rodriguez working to clear the storm drains near his truck.
“Whenever I hear there’s going to be rain, I come around with my trusty rake and I clean the drains,” he said. “But it doesn’t help that much, the problem is much bigger than that.”
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“It looks like the beach. It looks like I have waterfront property,” Rodriguez joked.
Rodriguez said he lost a smaller car to a previous flood. In his 15 years living at that address, he said he’s seen “at least 30” instances of substantial flooding.
“At different degrees, sometimes not as much,” he said. “Today is pretty high.”
Rob Walker, East Providence’s highway parks supervisor, said a few spots in the city flooded Tuesday.
“This happens on occasion with these very heavy downpours,” he said. “The pipes just aren’t able to handle the volume when it comes down this quickly.”
Ferris Avenue, like many of the other roadways that flooded Tuesday, became passable once again after the rainfall slowed and the drains got a chance to catch up.