Rain Causing Flooding Across New England

/ Monday, March 31st, 2014 / Comments Off

A widespread storm system is dumping heavy rainfall on the East Coast which is causing flooding in several states including Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for all counties in the state of Rhode Island. Meanwhile, some areas in Massachusetts and Connecticut received more than 2 inches of rain in a three hour period overnight Saturday which flooded many roadways – making some impassible.

Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is monitoring conditions and says it will coordinate assistance if need be. Forecasters are calling for more rain overnight Sunday which will continue into Monday. It’s expected that many rivers and streams in Connecticut will not completely recede until the afternoon hours on Monday or Tuesday morning.

The NWS has both flood warnings and a coastal flood advisory in effect for the state of Massachusetts from Quincy to the New Hampshire border until early Monday. The service warned residents along the coastline that some coastal flooding is possible which would most likely result in roadway flooding and not structural damage.

The heavy rainfall in the Boston area this past weekend resulted in many road closures as well as infrastructure damage. High winds in excess of 100 miles per hour caused two radio towers to topple in North Adams which interrupted cell phone and police radio services. A sinkhole opened in Chelmsford Sunday under Boston Road due to excessive rainfall. That road is expected not to reopen again until late this week.

As of Saturday evening, rainfall totals from this most recent storm in the Boston area were 2.25 inches. The community of Acushnet received the most rain in the state with about 5 inches coming down. Parts of Rhode Island got over four inches this weekend.

While rain drenched most of the East Coast down to the state of Florida overnight Sunday, meteorologists warned that blizzard conditions could plaque the northern Plains and Northeast early this week. The National Weather Service said that in addition to the rainfall that will come down in parts of New England early this week that it could also sleet or snow. If that does happen, Monday morning’s commute may be a harrowing one for hundreds of thousands of people.

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