Rhode Island flooding is causing massive interruptions in the daily activities of residents. Heavy rain has caused massive, widespread flooding in The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has shut down commuter trains to Providence, effective Tuesday, March 30, 2010 and report that "significant delays" should be "expected" especially if travelling to Providence from South Attleboro. Amtrak trains throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut, as well as the Acela service, have also encountered weather related delays.
The flooding has cancelled classes in three Rhode Island state colleges, shut down the Warwick Mall, cancelled the afternoon session of the General Assembly, and interfered with twelve Rhode Island's Public Transit Authority bus routes. Warwick Public Schools have also been closed for Wednesday.
Governor Donald L. Carcieri held a press conference Tuesday to address the deluge. Carcieri asserted that he has implored the National Guard to help control the rising waters. He also stated that "we are in uncharted territory.”
The National Weather Service calls the flooding a "dangerous situation.” The agency forecasts that the heavy rains will draw to a close at approximately 4:10 p.m. The flooding will increase overnight with a new band of heavy showers set to dump another quarter to half inch of rain before the clouds clear. Total estimated rainfall amounts could fall from 7 to 10 inches before the storm ends. Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island are under a flood warning until 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Unnecessary travel on Tuesday afternoon into the evening along Interstate 95 from Southern Rhode Island to Boston has been discouraged. The NWS issued the warning: “turn around – don’t drown” if travellers encounter flooded roads. The weather agency also says the waters of the Blackstone, Pawtuxet and Woonasquatucket rivers are at record levels and still rising.