Cranston's City Planning Director Peter Lapolla will be holding a meeting with the public on June 11th to discuss the city's floodplain management plan. Lapolla says the officials want to know about any flood-prone areas that they may have missed.
"What we're doing is going out to the public and saying 'I think we've identified the areas where there are flooding issues, and we want your input on whether we've properly identified all those areas. Have we missed any, and have we misrepresented or misassumed the causes of the flooding?'"
Decades of development along floodplains and on wetlands in Johnston have made the town vulnerable to severe flood issues. Scientists say climate change may make these floods even worse, with more frequent and intense storms. A couple families that have long dealt with floods year after year will soon get relief, as federal money is available to buy out and demolish these properties in flood zones in the Pocasset River watershed.
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.
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.