Afternoon River Check

March 31st, 2014 at 1:33 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Little weather nugget for you….Despite all the rain on Sunday (4.14″), Providence didn’t break the daily record. The record for March 30th? It was during 2010′s historical floods when we got 5.32″ on March 30th, 2010.

We certainly aren’t looking at historical flooding here in Southern New England, but it only takes a couple inches of water to ruin a nice basement….that will make it historical for anyone (trust me, I know).

Many small streams and brooks continue to overflow their banks this afternoon…remember never let kids play near a swollen river/stream.

Here’s an update on some of the larger rivers in the area…

Blackstone River at Woonsocket

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Minor flooding was occuring as of early afternoon, but a slow drop in water levels is expected through the evening…likely falling below flood stage this evening.

In a minor flooding situation, here’s what can happen (according to the National Weather Service)

At 9ft:  FLOODING MAY BEGIN TO AFFECT THE LOWER PARKING AREA TO THE ALBION MILL APARTMENTS. LOWER LYING RESIDENTIAL AREAS ALONG THE RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS LINE…INCLUDING THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE RIVER ISLAND CONDOMINIUMS IN WOONSOCKET…MAY BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE FLOODING. BUSINESSES ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTIONS TO PROTECT PROPERTY.

At 8.5ft: IF UNPROTECTED…FLOODWATERS REACH THE VERY BASE OF THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE RIVER ISLAND CONDOMINIUM BUILDING IN WOONSOCKET.

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Pawtuxet River at Cranston

On the Pawtuxet River, waters are expected to continue to rise through Monday night and then start receding Tuesday afternoon.

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At 9.5ft: PARKING LOTS AND ROADS ARE FLOODED IN LOW LYING AREAS OF WARWICK AND CRANSTON NEAR THE PAWTUXET RIVER. IMPACTED ROADS INCLUDE RIVER STREET…PIONEER AVENUE…BELLOWS STREET AND VENTURI AVENUE IN WARWICK.

At 9ft: MINOR LOWLAND FLOODING WILL OCCUR ALONG THE RIVER AS IT FLOWS THROUGH WARWICK AND CRANSTON.

Pawcatuck River at Wood River

New information from the Pawcatuck at Wood River Junction indicates a further rise in the water levels will occur, but falling just short of what is considered moderate flooding.

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At 6feet: FLOODWATERS ENTER INTO LOWEST LYING STRUCTURES NEAR BURDICKVILLE ROAD. FLOODWATERS FORCE CLOSURE OF DRIFTWOOD DRIVE IN CHARLESTOWN…AND INUNDATE THE JAY CRONAN RIVER ACCESS POINT ON ROUTE 91.

At 5feet: FLOODWATERS BEGIN TO SPREAD ONTO DRIFTWOOD DRIVE IN CHARLESTOWN.

Infact, here is a view of the back parking lot of Kenyon Industries along the Pawcutuck River in Charlestown. The river is out of its banks there.  This photo is courtesy of Megan McHugh.

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Pawcatuck River in Westerly

And in Westerly, the Pawcatuck River may see a rise there, but it will slowly fall through Tuesday and drop below flood levels on Thursday.

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At 9feet: LOWLAND FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED FROM HOPKINTON DOWNRIVER THROUGH WESTERLY…STONINGTON AND NEW STONINGTON. LOWEST LYING HOMES ALONG HISCOX ROAD IN WESTERLY ARE INUNDATED BY FLOODWATERS. ALONG ROUTE 3…FLOODING OCCURS AT HOMES IN FRENCH VILLAGE IN HOPKINTON. FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS…AND EVACUATE IF ASKED TO DO SO. FLOODWATERS MAY INUNDATE ROUTE 49 BY THE NORTH STONINGTON AND STONINGTON TOWN LINE.

At 8feet: FLOODWATERS APPROACH LOWEST LYING HOMES ALONG HISCOX ROAD IN WESTERLY. ALONG ROUTE 3…FLOODING OCCURS AT SOME HOMES IN FRENCH VILLAGE IN HOPKINTON.

At 7feet: MINOR LOWLAND FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE PAWCATUCK RIVER. ALONG ROUTE 3 IN HOPKINTON…FLOODWATERS ENCROACH ON LOWEST LYING HOMES IN FRENCH VILLAGE.

A Look Ahead

Looking ahead through the week, there does not appear to be any large amounts of rain on the way.  A few showers are possible on Wednesday, but nothing major.  In general, dry weather is expected into Friday.  However, more rain is possible on Saturday.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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