Rainfall causes problems in flood-prone areas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Round two of a Monday storm has the potential for some damaging winds and heavy rain later in the afternoon and into the evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch for portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as a High Wind Warning for southern Bristol County, Mass. and for the Cape and Islands.

According to Eyewitness News Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello, heavier downpours will move into the area later in the day, causing some localized street flooding. The wind is also expected to pick up and isolated thunderstorms are also possible, she said.

A Wind Advisory is issued when wind gusts over 45 mph are expected. These winds are strong enough to cause minor damage and brief power outages. The National Weather Service said driving can also be difficult for high-profile vehicles.

National Grid spokesman David Graves said the power company has adjusted crews to ensure its staffed in the event of power outages. He said 35 crews will be available until 11 p.m. and another 25 line crews are schedule for the overnight hours. National Grid also has contractor tree crews on standby.

As for flooding, leaf-clogged storm drains could make matters worse.

Department of Public Works crews in Providence were out Monday morning clearing the storm drains in flood prone areas, like the corner of Pleasant Valley Parkway and Nelson Street. However, some residents on Chapin Avenue questioned if enough was being done.

“Every time it rains we get flooded over here because the drains are so clogged,” one resident said. “You can see that the bushes are growing out of them. The drains over here, they’re all clogged and often times, cars get stuck over there. Sometimes it overflows to the highway which is dangerous.”

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