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.
.@skydrone12 taking off on Belfield Dr. in Johnston today to see what the flooding looks like from above. A pump has now been at work there for two days. Story & video from the drone tonight on @wpri12 at 6. pic.twitter.com/VmWAi1mTsS— Eric Halperin- WPRI (@EricHalperinTV) December 3, 2018
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.
I flew over flooding along the Pocasset River in Johnston today. The flood water cuts a street in half & was 2 ft deep at one point. Tonight at 6, I’ll have more footage over the area & @EricHalperinTV has the latest on what is being done to help residents of Bellfield Drive. pic.twitter.com/DJYLAzgWjW— Sky Drone 12 (@skydrone12) December 3, 2018
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.