The Pawtuxet River in Cranston, RI briefly fell below flood stage Monday evening before rising again in response to the heavy showers that moved through RI Monday night. Another 1.5-2.0″ of rain had the river back above 10 ft by early Monday morning. Minor flood stage is 9 ft. The river had crested at 11.23 ft. Sunday morning following the heavy rain early in the weekend. Moderate flooding is experienced when the river reaches 11 ft. The river is expected to crest near 11 ft. again late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for areas surrounding the river.
FLOOD STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 522 AM EDT TUE JUN 11 2013 ...THE FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN RHODE ISLAND... PAWTUXET RIVER AT CRANSTON AFFECTING KENT AND PROVIDENCE COUNTIES RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT CONTINUES TO FLOW INTO THE PAWTUXET RIVER. THE RIVER LEVEL OF THE PAWTUXET RIVER IN CRANSTON WILL CONTINUE TO RISE AND IS EXPECTED TO CREST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH MODERATE FLOODING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... SAFETY MESSAGE...A FLOOD STATEMENT PROVIDING THE LATEST INFORMATION IN THIS FLOOD EVENT WILL BE ISSUED WITHIN THE NEXT 8 HOURS...OR EARLIER IF NEEDED. SAFETY MESSAGE...DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY NEAR SWOLLEN RIVERS...STREAMS OR CULVERTS. SWIFTLY MOVING WATER CAN POSE AN IMMINENT THREAT TO LIFE. && RIC003-007-112122- /O.EXT.KBOX.FL.W.0003.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/ /CRAR1.2.ER.130608T0835Z.130609T1445Z.000000T0000Z.NO/ 522 AM EDT TUE JUN 11 2013 THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE PAWTUXET RIVER AT CRANSTON. * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 4:45 AM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 10.0 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 9.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 11.1 FEET BY TOMORROW EARLY AFTERNOON THEN BEGIN FALLING. * IMPACT...AT 11.0 FEET...STRUCTURES AND HOMES ARE IMPACTED IN LOW LYING SECTIONS OF WARWICK. AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE HOMES AND BUSINESSES ON WELLINGTON AVENUE AND AVERY ROAD IN CRANSTON...AS WELL AS PIONEER AVE, BELLOWS ST, VENTURI AVE AND A PORTION OF RIVER STREET IN WARWICK. $$