The Worst of the Flooding Still to Come?

Recently, extreme flooding has occurred on a scale that has hardly been seen in New England before. Hundreds of people were forced out of their houses; sewage systems overflowed; and communities were left empty as the flood washed out the bridges and rippled through Maine all the way to Connecticut. The record-breaking rains lasted for three days and forecasters now warn that the worst of this kind of flooding is still to come.

Rhode Island bore most of the storm. In fact, its residents hadn’t experienced this kind of flooding in more than a hundred years. Several stretches on Interstate 95 and the primary route that connected New York to Boston were closed for days. Even Amtrak had to suspend its trains that went through this particular area due to the excess water on the train tracks. Every one of the million people on Rhode Island was told to conserve both electricity and water due to the over flooded electrical substations and sewage systems. The rising waters have also left hundreds of people stranded and a lot of them were sent to shelters. The ones who stayed back are still in shock and recovering from the floods that were caused by ten inches of rain. The rivers that stretch from Maine to New York didn’t crest for days. And the officials in Rhode Island are currently getting ready for what could be the most extreme flooding that will ever hit the state.

This flood caps a month which set records of rainfall all over the region. In March, Boston measured almost fourteen inches, which broke the last record for March in 1953. Portland, Maine and New Jersey, New York City surpassed quite similar records, while Providence registered the rainiest month ever with more than fifteen inches in March. President Obama issued a declaration of emergency for Rhode Island and ordered government disaster relief aid, authorizing the federal agency of emergency management to organize the relief efforts. However, chaos spread all over the region when troops of the National Guard entered Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. A Maine pond dam let loose and sent whole water torrents down country roads; thankfully, nobody was injured. Water also covered New Hampshire roads. Stonington, Connecticut was also significantly cut off when most of its bridges went out. Another bridge gave way in Freetown, Massachusetts, as well, leaving a thousand residents isolated.