NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The torrential rain on Wednesday had a significant impact on flood-prone areas of the region, including Ashley Boulevard (MA-18) in New Bedford.
Massachusetts State Police had to re-route traffic during the day because the busy roadway looked more like a river.
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Police also helped several drivers who became stranded when their cars got stuck in the rising flood waters.
One man said his engine was ruined after he tried to drive through deep water.
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“It was an awfully wet day,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell. “I think there were a lot of waterlogged people walking through our city, we had some localized flooding.”
Street flooding was a problem in many areas of the city, and Mitchell said they were dealing with it by having crews clear catch basins and by turning on the pumps in the water system.
The brunt of the heavy rain and wind hit the region Wednesday morning, but a second round is expected to move into the region Thursday night into Friday. Emergency officials are urging residents and businesses to use the lull between storms to prepare, by taking in lawn furniture or holiday decorations, as well as removing any hanging tree limbs.
Mayor Mitchell also issued a warning Wednesday to prepare against severe weather. Now a Category One storm, Hurricane Joaquin could bring more heavy rain and wind this weekend.
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The Pinpoint Weather Team is keeping a close eye on the storm’s path. Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca will bring you the latest updates tonight on Eyewitness News at 10 and 11.