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New Bedford area hit hard by rain from Hurricane Arthur

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Samantha Lavien
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A flash flood emergency was declared in New Bedford on Friday after the area was hit by several inches of rain fall from Hurricane Arthur.

"I've never been this scared driving in the rain,” said New Bedford resident Karen Therrien.

The intersection of Coggeshall and Sawyer streets was one of the many that flooded out during the storm.

ABC 6 News witnessed 4 cars get stuck and need to be towed because of the high water.

"It's a mess it's flooded, I just went to visit my mother at the nursing home and I'm leaving and this is what I'm into now,” said Therrien.

"It was pretty unsafe driving we had no intention of stopping here, we have enough gas we're just here for safety,” said Nick Camposeo.

State police closed down exit 15 on 195 for a few hours. In addition several streets city streets including the area around Buttonwood Park were shut down.

"I've lived near the park for most of my life and I've never seen this much flooding before,” said Richard Leary.

Just next door to New Bedford in Fairhaven, there was lots of flooding as well.

The heavy rain transformed parts of the Walmart parking lot to look more like a river.

"I'm just waiting for my wife, I floated over to get her in the store.. it's horrible,” said Eddie Florindo.

As of 10 pm the total rainfall in the New Bedford area reached 6 to 7 inches.

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