Arthur brings heavy flooding to New Bedford roads

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The effects of Hurricane Arthur rained out Fourth of July plans across Southern New England, but no community felt that more so than New Bedford.

The National Weather Service issued a rare Flash Flood Emergency for the seaside city Friday afternoon.

Some roadways, such as Route 18 northbound, remain blocked off as the flooding has caused unsafe driving conditions.

One car was left behind by its driver after it became immobilized just beyond the on-ramp to Route 18 at Hillman Street. A second car became stuck in the high water right nearby on parallel Acushnet Avenue.

There was no shortage of holiday spirit though, as some good Samaritans were seen helping to push cars out of precarious situations.Severe flooding in New Bedford

“The water down there’s about knee-deep in the middle, cars keep trying to go through it and they keep getting stuck, stalled out, getting hydro-locked,” said city resident Zach Schrader. “We pushed a couple out, we’re trying to just advise people not to go through there.”

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, anyone having to drive in the area is urged to take caution on the roads.

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