East Providence seeks help clearing storm drains

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As torrential rains pounded Southern New England Wednesday, crews were out all day in East Providence clearing storm drains to prevent flooding.

With hundreds of drains around the city, the Department of Public Works said it’s a challenge to get to each and every one. That’s why the agency is asking residents to help them out by clearing any storm drains outside of their homes.

“Those kinds of rains present serious challenges for us,” said DPW Director Stephen Coutu. “Today we had about two inches of rain, but now we’ve had a lull so that kind of helps keeps things moving along.”

The DPW now has eyes on Hurricane Joaquin, which could bring more strong rain and winds our way in the coming days.

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“I think we’re pretty well prepared for the storm coming this weekend,” Coutu added.

Joaquin has strengthened to a Category 2 storm, and is threatening the Bahamas Wednesday night.

The agency is tracking the storm, and said they have a tree team ready to take down any loose branches that could become dangerous.

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