CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Periods of rain with torrential downpours hit parts of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts throughout the day, leading to severe street flooding in some areas of the region.
Rain fell steadily throughout most of the area, hitting some regions harder than others. Photographs from Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston show water levels rising to the point of nearly covering vehicles.
Near the intersection of Wilbur and Oaklawn Avenue, Pamela Parrillo’s car became submerged in feet of water. She told Eyewitness News that she sat in her car with water up to the windows, trying to get the engine to start.
“When I saw it start to come to the seat I thought, ‘get out before you can’t get out,'” said Parillo. She then waded through the feet of water to a nearby patrol car, and her car was towed from the street.
Businesses owners and employees on Park Avenue in Cranston were frustrated by the flooding that has become routine in the area. One store owner was already prepared with sand bags when the water started flowing into his business.
“We were actually pretty scared, we were sitting there was squeegees just pushing the water out,” said flooding victim Avery Diaz.
Downpours continued into the evening, and isolated thunderstorms hit the region.
Due to the weather, the graduation ceremony at East Providence High School was moved indoors. It was originally scheduled to take place at Pierce Field, but was held in the Providence Country Day School’s field house on Waterman Avenue.
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