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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. 

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