With Heavy Rains, Rhode Island On Flood Watch

Mar 31, 2014

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.

Roads in Westerly are seeing flooding, the Pawcatuck River was two feet above the flood stage on Monday.
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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.

The National Weather Service says all local waterways are vulnerable, but urban flooding is not expected to be a problem.  The rain has been slow and steady, allowing sewer systems to drain properly.

Rains are predicted to last throughout Monday, though with dropping temperatures some parts of the state may also see sleet and snow.

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