Gallons of water still being removed from flooded Johnston neighborhood


JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Millions of gallons of water continue to be pumped out of a Johnston neighborhood that neighbors say has been flooded for weeks.

Officials said approximately 10 inches of water flooded the neighborhood due to recent rainstorms, making it difficult for residents to travel down the street.

According to Deputy Police Chief Joseph Razza, who is also the town’s Emergency Management Director, the pump was brought in over the weekend and was turned on at noon on Saturday.

Since then, Razza said the contractor operating it told him that approximately 10 million gallons of water had been pumped out so far.

Before being dumped into a different part of the Pocasset River, he said the water has to flow through nearly a half mile of pipe that’s been laid down.

According to Razza, the pump has the ability to pump about 15 million gallons of water a day, but it’s not doing quite that much because of how much piping the water has to go through.

He said right now it’s too early to tell how much longer it will be until all the water is completely removed.

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