Cleanup continues after Ida leaves behind flooding, damage

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Even though Ida has already moved out of our area, many Southern New Englanders are still grappling with the mess the storm left behind.

The storm brought widespread downpours and gusty winds overnight, which caused significant flooding and damage in some areas, including in Portsmouth where a roadway caved in.

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A Flash Flood Warning issued overnight expired Thursday afternoon, though a Flood Warning for the Pawtuxet, Blackstone, Wood and Pawcatuck rivers remains in place.

Below, you’ll find periodic updates throughout the storm:

5:30 p.m.

A South Kingstown homeowner says the flooding in his basement would not have been as bad if the town had properly maintained its retention wall.

3:30 p.m

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in Dennis, Mass., with max winds of up to 75 mph.

3 p.m.

The water level is high at the Pawtuxet River, but so far, it has not overflowed. The R.I. Emergency Management Agency tells 12 News they will be keeping an eye on it for the next couple of days.

2 p.m.

Sky Drone 12 flew over Fairview Lane in Portsmouth to get a bird’s eye view of the damage.

12 p.m.

11:30 a.m.

National Grid has reduced the number of power outages to 55 customers in Rhode Island and 481 in Massachusetts.

Additionally, the New Bedford Health Department announced the city’s beaches have been closed to swimming due to high bacteria counts in the water. Excessive rainfall can contaminate the water with runoff from roadways, parking lots and other areas.

11:15 a.m.

All Amtrak service between Boston and Washington will be canceled for the remainder of the day.

10:30 a.m.

It’s been a busy morning in Bristol with Chief Kevin Lynch saying Hope Street will be closed for a few more hours.

9:30 a.m.

The floodwaters have receded at Stafford Square in Fall River but the intersection remains closed.

About 350 National Grid customers are without power in Rhode Island, and there are another 1,200 outages in Massachusetts.

8:30 a.m.

8 a.m.

Route 24 in Fall River has reopened in both directions between Exits 8 and 10 after being shut down due to flooding.

7 a.m.

Here is a list of school closures/delays:

  • Richmond Elementary School is closed due to flooding in the basement
  • St. Philomena School in Portsmouth is closed
  • Sophia Academy in Providence is delayed 2 hours
  • Seekonk Christian Academy will start school at 10 a.m.
  • Highlander Charter in Providence and Warren are delayed 1 hour
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport is delayed 2 hours

6:45 a.m.

A large section of Fairview Lane in Portsmouth collapsed.

6:15 a.m.

Route 24 in Fall River is shut down in both directions between Exits 8 and 10 due to significant flooding.

Cars are also stuck in local roadways.

6 a.m.

5:30 a.m.

Police are seen helping drivers stuck in flooded roadways, like in the video below from Bristol. Flooding is still a huge issue but the rain will be ending from west to east over the next couple of hours.

5 a.m.

Flooding around Southern New England is causing streets to close. Portsmouth has issued a parking ban due to town-wide roads flooding.

4:30 a.m.

Flooding cleared on I-95 near the Thurbers Avenue off-ramp in Providence, but localized flooding remains.

4 a.m.

The R.I. Department of Transportation says all travel lanes are blocked due to flooding on I-95 at Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) in Providence.

3 a.m.

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2 a.m.

10 p.m. Wednesday

Rhode Island State Police also asked people to only go out if absolutely necessary and offered the following tips:

  • Drive with your headlights and windshield wipers on.
  • Drive with caution. Give your self extra time to get to your destination.
  • The biggest concern through this event is hydroplaning. Therefore, do not speed.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Patrols are standard for now, but if anything significant happens, state police will respond as needed.

In addition to impacting road travel, the stormy conditions may also cause delays and cancelations at T.F. Green Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s website also features flight information from around the country.

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