Not nearly as romantic as "Lost in Austen", but the hefty thunderstorms that roared through Wednesday morning dumped a lot of rain and dropped a lot of lightning, both of which conspired to take RIPR's 102.7FM (and MVYradio's HD2) off the air for an hour or two.

West River runs high through 1290AM
Aaron Read

As many of you know, RIPR owns and maintains the 1290AM site on the Providence/North Providence town line.  Our NPR satellite downlink is there, and we lease the frequency to our friends at Latino Public Radio.

In the past, the site was largely a pond (Whipple Pond) with Douglas Ave forming part of a dam in the eastern corner.   After the torrential rains of 2010, the dam broke and the pond drained.  Now the West River flows freely through the site.

With Heavy Rains, Rhode Island On Flood Watch

Mar 31, 2014
Flo Jonic / RIPR

The National Weather Service has Rhode Island under a flood warning after a rainy weekend, and with more to come, the warning will last until Wednesday.

Forecasters are watching flooding rivers and streams across the state. Already the Pawcatuk River in Westerly is two feet above it’s seven foot flood stage.  Both the Blackstone River in Woonsocket and the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, are about half a foot above their respective flood stages, and meteorologists expect waters to continue to rise.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

The American Red Cross is scrambling to find housing for residents of two Cranston apartment buildings that were overwhelmed by flash floods Monday.   Some of the 60 affected residents lost everything.

Residents Keep an Eye on Rising Pawtuxet River

Jun 11, 2013
Flo Jonic / RIPR

The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings for the Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck Rivers.  Over two inches of rain fell across many parts of Rhode Island Monday night, and more rain is expected Tuesday night. 

This is the sound of the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, which is still rising due to heavy rain.   Flood stage is for the Pawtuxet is 9 feet. The National Weather Service projects it will reach 11 feet by Wednesday afternoon. 

Flood Awareness Week in Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2013
Catherine Welch; RIPR

This week is Flood Awareness Week.  The week is a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and encourages New England residents to be vigilant as we enter into our rainier seasons. 

This month marks the third anniversary of the major flooding that hit the Rhode Island, which resulted in damage statewide.

You can learn more about flood safety by visiting http://www.ready.gov/floods

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feb 28, 2013

Higher education is bracing for possible cuts in research funding.    A representative of the NRA says RI does not need any more regulation to control gun violence.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.  Plus...

The list is long of potential implications to RI if the so-called sequestration kicks in, from longer lines at the airport to job loss to less educational research.  Scott MacKay reviews what might be in our future.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.