Rivers Rising Across Rhode Island

Jun 14, 2013

All eyes are on the Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck rivers as they are expected to rise even higher Friday night. The Blackstone River is also rising.

Two inches of rain fell between Thursday and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. It came in what was already a soggy week in Rhode Island. All the rain has pushed the Pawtuxet River to more than a foot above flood stage. The National Weather Service expects it to crest at 11 feet and remain high through Saturday night.

In Westerly, the Pawcatuck River could reach 8 feet, that’s a foot above flood stage, said National Weather Service hydrologist Nicole Belk.

“There’s high water near some homes off of the Pawcatuck River in the Hopkinton area,” said Belk. “The river’s actually expected to remain in minor flood at least through the weekend.”

Belk said it will take the Pawcatuck River a few days to get below flood stage.

In Woonsocket, the Blackstone River is pulsing strong enough to trigger a warning to canoers and kayakers to stay off the river until levels return to normal.

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