Heavy rain causes for dangerous driving conditions, flooding on roadways


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The heavy rains throughout the state Saturday morning caused for some dangerous driving conditions and flooding on the roadways.

An Eyewitness News crew was on scene if a crash on Rt. 146 North in Lincoln around 6:30 a.m.

Lt. Kenneth Jones from the Rhode Island State Police said they have responded to 24 accidents from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, most of which were weather related, though no injuries were reported.

Some large puddles and minor street flooding were seen on roads and neighborhoods in Cranston.

Part of Flether Avenue, a habitual flooding spot, was closed through the afternoon and into Saturday night. A large puddle spanned across both lanes with parts of it inches underwater.

“That was nothing that water, I’ve seen deeper than that. He just went through without a problem right now, but the right lane is a problem, I see that. One corner over there gets heavier where the woods are,” David Nienaberger said.

Another accident on 95 North in Warwick slowed traffic for some time.

Lt. Jones is also reminding people that construction projects across the state can cause drainage issues and that people should pay attention to localized flooding.

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