Emergency personnel gear up for flooding, looming wind-driven rainstorm

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)– As the storm that has barreled across the country approaches Rhode Island, emergency personnel are prepared for the worst.

Southern New England is expecting roughly 2 inches of rain, with winds up to 60 mph.

Cranston’s Fire Department is prepared for flooding and power outages.

“For us, we’re concerned about flooding in basements,” said James Warren, Cranston’s Fire Chief. “We do prepare our trucks– they carry some pumps to pump out people’s basements… We have sandbags ready. We’re also concerned about high winds and power lines coming down.”

He continued, “The city has been cleaning all the storm drains over the last couple weeks. We’ve been really working hard on that this year, and I think we’re prepared and ready for that.”

Astronomical high tides are expected Friday morning. Warren says they have their eyes on the coast, and inland areas for flooding.

He added, “Our biggest problems are urban flooding, especially on the Cranston-Providence line. So, we will block those off and make sure no one will be able to drive them while flooded.”

Freezing temperatures are also expected after the rain stops Friday.

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