Heavy rainfall Friday afternoon and night may be enough to cause the Pawtuxet River to overflow its banks in Cranston, RI. The forecast is for minor flooding based on current rainfall projections, but, should the area receive 5″ of rain, moderate flooding is possible. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Pawtuxet River.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON, MA HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR THE PAWTUXET RIVER AT CRANSTON. * FROM LATE TONIGHT TO SATURDAY EVENING...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 2:45 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 4.4 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 9.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. MODERATE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IF RAINFALL REACHES 5 INCHES...BUT THAT IS NOT LIKELY AT THIS TIME. MODERATE FLOODING OCCURS WHEN THE RIVER REACHES 11 FEET. * FORECAST...RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND CREST NEAR 9.4 FEET BY 8 AM SATURDAY. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. * IMPACT...AT 9.5 FEET...PARKING LOTS AND ROADS ARE FLOODED IN LOW LYING AREAS OF WARWICK AND CRANSTON NEAR THE PAWTUXET RIVER. IMPACTED ROADS INCLUDE RIVER STREET...PIONEER AVENUE...BELLOWS STREET AND VENTURI AVENUE IN WARWICK.