Storms Bring Floods to North East USA

A storm system across the north east of the USA resulted in flooding in several states, including New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut over the weekend. New Jersey and New Hampshire also saw some heavy rainfall.

Massachusetts

Several roads in Boston were closed over the weekend as a result of the flooding. Flooding also closed roads in New Bedford, Freetown, Westwood and Chelmsford. The heavy rain and storm also left a huge sinkhole in Boston Road, Chelmsford. Roads in the area will remain closed for at least the next 3 days.

The Prudential Tunnel off the eastbound Massachusetts Turnpike was flooded on Sunday 30 March 2014 and closed for several hours. It reopened around 5pm the same day.

Acushnet in Bristol County saw 5.07 inches in a 24 hour period up to early Sunday afternoon.


Taunton, also in Bristol County, saw flood water as high as a foot and a half on some roads. Taunton River levels are also very high.

Rhode Island

A woman had to be rescued after her vehicle became trapped in flood water in Cranston, Rhode Island, on Sunday 23 March 2014.

There is currently concern over the high levels of the Pawtuxet River, which could cause flooding for residents living close to the river. The river bursts its banks in 2010 causing severe damage to local houses.

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New Bedford floods. Photo: sdepina11 @ twitter

Kingston, Rhode Island, recorded 5.53 inches of rain in a 24 hour period up to early Sunday afternoon

Connecticut

In a similar story, the heavy rain in Sunday left as much as 2 feet of flood water on some roads in the Norwich area, Connecticut. Around 2 inches of rain fell in just 3 hours. The flooding was so bad parts of some roads were washed away. Around 10 people had to be rescued from their flooded homes and evacuated to safer accommodation.

New York

Westchester County, New York, also saw some heavy rainfall and flooding on some local roads during Sunday 30 March 2014. Briarcliff Manor saw 3.05 inches of rain, Irvington, 2.55 inches, and Westchester Airport, 2.44 inches.

Sources: ABC6; Daily Voice; Norwich Bulletin; My Fox Boston; Boston News; Tauton Gazette