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8:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island

Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.  However residents in Westerly were still worried.

A rain swollen Pawcatuck River in Westerly RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.  But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.  In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.

"I'm always concerned.  After 2010, very concerned," said Quatromanni.  She added water hadn't gotten into her home. In 2010, nine inches flooded into her basement.

The National Weather Service says Rhode Islanders needn't fret about a repeat of the flooding that began on March 30th, 2010.  That was a four-storm punch which left the earth so saturated, the water had nowhere to go but into people's houses.  This time the earth is absorbing the precipitation and the next four days are expected to be rain free.

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