RI EMA Issues Pawtuxet River Flood Warning

Shortly before 9p.m. the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency issued the following press release:


RIEMA Issues Pawtuxet River Flood Warning

Cranston- During the most recent weather update provided by the National Weather Service, RIEMA learned that a high rate of rainfall may have an adverse impact on the Pawtuxet River.

The latest forecast indicates heavy rain up to one inch an hour over a 30 to 60 minute period, with the average total being two to three inches. Some areas may receive heavy bands of rain and reach totals of four to five inches. 

The new forecast shows the Pawtuxet River may crest tomorrow morning at 9'6″ to 10'6″feet which is above the flood level. People living in the flood plain should take appropriate precautionary measures.

Water levels reached 20' during the spring floods. Although these levels are predicted to be above the flood level, the impact will not be anywhere as catastrophic.

RIEMA will also conduct a conference call with Local EMA Directors on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 0930 hours to discuss damage assessments and concerns.