Rivers are flooding in Rhode Island while parts of California burn

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The rain has been relentless here in Southern New England, while out west, they wish they had just a small fraction of the rain we’ve gotten.

Since the beginning of meteorological fall in Rhode Island (Sept. 1), we have had double the amount of rainfall we would normally see. Not even half way through November, and Providence has already received six inches of rain, and area rivers are swelling.

The Pawtuxet River is raging. Currently just above flood stage, the river is expected to create just minor flooding through Thursday.

Across the country, it’s a case of the haves and have nots. In California, people weren’t driving through flooded roadways, but instead driving through roadways on fire to get to safety.

Drought conditions and dry, strong winds coming off the mountains have been spreading deadly wildfires. The “Camp Fire” in Northern California has taken the lives of more than 40 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in the history of the United States.

Los Angeles has not had a drop of rain in a month, and parts of Northern California haven’t had appreciable rain since the spring.

The west coast should be in their rainy season, but a persistent weather pattern has rain storms on the central and eastern United States. The pattern is stuck, and while the west coast is dry, the east coast is sopping wet.


An additional inch of rain late week could create moderate flooding along the Pawtuxet River.

In fact, it’s possible the river could crest at its highest level since 2013 (11.39 feet), and maybe even the highest level since the Historical Flooding of 2010, although historical levels of flooding are not anticipated.

Some buildings in low-lying areas of Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick could be impacted from moderate flooding.

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