Several streets and highways in and around Providence were flooded after an afternoon of torrential rain.
Rain is forecast for Monday night through Tuesday and Wednesday.
Northern Rhode Island, Kent, and Washington counties have flood warnings in effect from the National Weather Service until 10:30 p.m.
A video along a street in Providence shows water still covering the road as the rain continues into the night.
After being closed for several hours, Rt. Road 10 is open again, but parts of the road are covered with silt and mud from previous floods.
RIDOT, RIEMA y la Policía Estatal de RI están trabajando para mantener las carreteras libre de obstáculos.
Manténgase seguro y no intente conducir a través de los charcos. Nuestra oficina continuará compartiendo actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles.”
The Flash Flood Warning for Southern Providence, Bristol, and Central Kent Counties is scheduled to expire at 7:30 PM Monday night.
A local flood warning is in effect for Kent and Washington counties through 9:30 PM Monday night.
The forecast is for rain until Tuesday.
At a 6 p.m. press conference, Governor Dan McKee warned Rhode Islanders to stay off the roads as more rain is expected.
“The most important thing Rhode Islanders can do in any form of emergency is to stay off the roads…as evening approaches and it starts to get dark, you don’t see floodwaters accumulating on the roads,” he said. “We won’t see any debris…the storm may appear to have slowed down, but we expect it to surge again.”
McKee said more than four inches of rain fell in Providence and the surrounding area in a short period of time. Rhode Island Police have reported about 600 power outages, mainly in I-95 and He Rts.Johnston and Lincoln.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation Commissioner Peter Albiti also said at a press conference that the highway was closed because the drainage system was overwhelmed.
“It wasn’t a blockage, it was simply unacceptable rainfall,” Albiti said of the drainage system, adding that the crew had taken precautions and made sure the entrance was intact. rice field. of a pre-storm blockage.
Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley took advantage of the city’s structural problems, which were exacerbated by the weather, in a campaign message to the media on Monday night.
On Atwells Ave. near Bowdoin St., persistent rains caused the seams of the road to collapse and fall apart.
“That’s what happens when you have a city government that doesn’t hold vendors accountable, people neglect their jobs, and doesn’t focus on basic infrastructure,” Smiley said, adding that the city could He argued that appropriate measures were not taken.monitoring
“What’s really frustrating in moments like this? [is] It’s not that I’m not paying for it, it’s that I’m not getting it,” Smiley said. The problem is that either the vendor responsible for the patch didn’t do a good job or the permanent patch didn’t arrive in time. ”
Providence Water emerged after a street caved in to take care of the problem.
Shortly after Smiley’s press conference, one of his opponents, MP Nirva Lafortune, said: called him on twitter.
“We need leaders who take responsibility,” she wrote. “What would happen if you served as Chief Operating Officer of the City and Chief of Staff for the Mayor and Governor, but failed to get the basics right? I need it, it’s not the same..”
On Atwells Avenue, crews were seen tearing up the pavement and laying down metal sheets before making more permanent repairs to the road.
Servers Avenue I-95 and Exit 18 will reopen after the floodwaters clear.
Some reports on Twitter indicate Route 95 South is open again, but Route 95 North vehicles are waiting as the road remains closed.
The driver has been stuck in traffic for over two hours.
Providence Police are closing the following streets as of 2:50pm. This list will be updated as more roads are closed or opened.
Servers Avenue Route 95 North and South completely flooded
Hartford Avenue/Heath Street
Smith Street/Gentow Avenue
Pleasant Valley Parkway / Berlin Street
620 Huntington Ave.
993 Menton Avenue.
Valley Street / Eagle Street
1 Sabin Street
Plainfield Street on Atwood Street
Hayward Street at Pearl Street
Streets around Heiwa Dori 215 due to building collapse
- 700 blocks of Atwells Avenue in Providence
- Pavilion Avenue on Ocean Street in Providence
- Many roads around East Providence and Cranston
Cranston residents documented flooding outside their home on Columbia Avenue.
A video posted on Twitter by Michael Cameron showed the road submerged and out of sight.
“This has been a problem for the 13 years I’ve lived on Columbia Ave in Cranston. Plus my car has been flooded and a manhole cover has been blown off (very dangerous!) Let’s fix this.”
An empty building collapsed Monday evening at 215 Peace Street in Providence near the intersection of Waverly and Dexter streets, according to Providence police.
I was not injured.