Flood waters inundate Johnston neighborhood

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Flood waters inundate Johnston neighborhood

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s no secret it’s been a rainy fall, and all of that rain has been taking its toll on a neighborhood in Johnston.

Some who live on Belfield Drive said the water is so high they can’t even drive their vehicles through it.

Resident Tania Nova tells Eyewitness News police had to take her through the flood water a couple of mornings so she could get to work.

“It has become a lake, it’s terrible,” Nova said.

It’s not the first time the area has dealt with floods. The neighborhood was under water during the historic flooding of 2010.

“It’s happening again and we don’t know what to do because that’s the only way out,” Nova explained.

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said emergency vehicles can get through the flood waters without a problem and several residents have driven through the flood waters themselves without getting stuck.

“I think right now it’s not a public safety issue, it’s an inconvenience, absolutely, but it’s just a flooded road and we have to find a permanent solution,” Polisena said.

But Nova said she does not want to chance getting stuck and hopes the state can step in and help the neighborhood.

“We are desperate,” Nova said. “Please do something about it, we can’t live like this.”

Nova said she spoke with police Monday afternoon who said they will not be helping her through the flood water anymore.

Engineers from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation are scheduled to visit the neighborhood on Thursday to assess the situation. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is also scheduled to visit.

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