Pawtuxet Village braces for potential flooding

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Tropical Storm Elsa made her presence known in Rhode Island Friday morning.

Pawtuxet Village was hit with heavy rain and wind gusts, as local businesses prepared for anything.

Ray Verrocchio, owner of the Bagel Express on Broad Street told ABC6 he wasn’t too concerned about the storm.

Verrocchio said he had a feeling his business would remain steady, even with Elsa approaching.

“I knew it would be a lot of water and I knew we’d still get our regulars. They’re very loyal to us here in the Village,” Verrocchio explained.

“As you see my bagel case is empty, so we were busy all morning.”

Verrocchio prepared for the storm by taking in outside furniture and securely fastening areas outside.

Customers told ABC6 they didn’t want Elsa to wash out their plans.

“We’re here in snow, sleet, rain, ten degrees below zero, we came. We didn’t miss a day,” Kathy Mezzanotte explained.

Some parts of Rhode Island were hit with wind gusts up to 57 mph. Tropical Storm Elsa is now heading north, but rivers throughout the state are expected to continue rising with many in or above flood watch through Sunday.

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