The demolition of six flood-prone Cranston homes has begun. The homes on Perkins Avenue were badly flooded three years ago and the federal government has bought the homeowners out. It was a bittersweet moment for some Perkins Avenue residents.
With Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at the wheel, an excavator made quick work demolishing a two-story bungalow on Perkins Avenue in Cranston. It’s one of six flood-prone homes that are being torn down. Watching from the sidelines was Brian Dupont, whose home next door is also coming down.
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.