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Tyburn
03-31-2010, 05:01 PM
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CRANSTON, R.I. (March 31) -- Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of residents from their homes Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems and snarled traffic as major East Coast routes washed out or transformed into a soaked labyrinth of detours and closures.

As three days of record-breaking rains tapered to a drizzle, forecasters warned the worst of widespread flooding from Maine to Connecticut was still ahead as rivers and streams had yet to crest - for the second time in a month.

In Rhode Island, which bore the brunt of the storm, residents were experiencing the worst flooding in more than 100 years. Stretches of Interstate 95, the main route linking Boston to New York, were closed and could remain so for days.

Every resident of Rhode Island, a state of about 1 million, was asked to conserve water and electricity because of flooded sewage systems and electrical substations. Rising waters either stranded hundreds of people or sent them to shelters. Many of those who stayed behind appeared shell-shocked, still recovering from floods two weeks ago caused by as much as 10 inches of rain.

Monica Bourgeois, 45, cried Wednesday morning as she stood outside her home in Cranston, where a sewer pump station gave out and hundreds of residents had evacuated by early Wednesday. The Pawtuxet River had turned her lawn into a lake and flooded her basement with six feet of still-rising water.

"It's over the furnace. We're afraid it's going to hit the electrical panel. It's so awful. The whole basement is destroyed. The whole basement is under water," she said.


"I have absolutely no idea how we're going to pay for this. I'm extremely, extremely worried. Do you know how much a new furnace costs? We're just praying to God for some help."

The flooding caps a month that set rainfall records across the region. Boston measured nearly 14 inches for March, breaking the previous record for the month, set in 1953. New Jersey, New York City and Portland, Maine, surpassed similar records. Providence registered its rainiest month on record, period, with a total of more than 15 inches of rain in March.

"None of us alive have seen the flooding that we are experiencing now or going to experience," Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri said. "This is unprecedented in our state's history."

President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration late Tuesday for Rhode Island, ordering federal aid for disaster relief and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts.


But the havoc was spread throughout the region, as National Guard troops went into action in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Non-essential state workers in Rhode Island were given the day off, and state officials asked schools and private businesses to consider closing, as well.

Officials in water-weary Warwick, R.I., where a water and sewage treatment plant failed, asked residents not to launder clothes or flush toilets. The state also asked people to stay off highways and local roads.

Heavy rains in Connecticut caused the earth under a Middletown apartment complex parking lot to give way, leaving two buildings teetering over the ravine of a river. Residents were taken to an emergency shelter at a high school.

Authorities also evacuated 50 units at a condominium complex in Jewett City in eastern Connecticut because a sewage treatment plant next door was under at least 4 feet of water. Floodwaters washed out a two-lane highway bridge at Groton.

In Massachusetts, the biggest concerns were in the southeastern part of the state, where a highway was closed, said state Emergency Management Agency spokesman Scott MacLeod. A bridge gave out in Freetown, isolating about 1,000 residents, he said.

North of Boston, Peabody District Court was closed Wednesday because flooding in the downtown area made it inaccessible. Some residents there evacuated. Heavy rains buckled a road in Fall River.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that the city was facing "dire circumstances." Authorities there said that the Pawtuxet River flooding was unprecedented and that they didn't know what damage to expect.

One resident hung a sign: "FEMA + State + City of Cranston. Buy our houses."

"Right now it's bad and getting worse," said Brian Dupont, a real estate broker who owns two homes on the street. He feared the dozens of sandbags protecting the homes would offer minimal protection.

Standing water pooled on or rushed across roads in the region, making driving treacherous and forcing closures. Adjutant General Robert Bray, the commander of the Rhode Island National Guard, said the area south of Providence was like a "maze" with drivers repeatedly getting stuck.

In Maine, a dam in Porter let loose Tuesday morning, sending a torrent of water down country roads. No evacuations or injuries were reported.

NateR
03-31-2010, 05:09 PM
Interesting, so the pattern continues. Every time the United States makes a move against Israel and sides with the Palestinians, we get hit with a natural disaster shortly thereafter.

Tyburn
03-31-2010, 05:21 PM
Interesting, so the pattern continues. Every time the United States makes a move against Israel and sides with the Palestinians, we get hit with a natural disaster shortly thereafter.

want to know something MORE freaky then that :huh: I'm not that superstitious...BUT...Well at the same time you guys told Israel to abandon settlement plans for East Jerusalem...WE decided to Export the top Israeli Mossad official in London because they supposedly used fake British passports in a sting opporation on a palestinian leader...the wheather this last week has gone back to what it was in January...large scale snows...AND floods.

NateR
03-31-2010, 05:25 PM
want to know something MORE freaky then that :huh: I'm not that superstitious...BUT...Well at the same time you guys told Israel to abandon settlement plans for East Jerusalem...WE decided to Export the top Israeli Mossad official in London because they supposedly used fake British passports in a sting opporation on a palestinian leader...the wheather this last week has gone back to what it was in January...large scale snows...AND floods.

I was noticing the pattern years ago and I specifically remember the days when the US forced the bulldozing and destruction of Israeli homes. Within 3 weeks, the United States was hit with Hurricane Katrina.

If you go back, you can link almost every natural disaster in the US with some kind of action by us against the land of Israel.

Tyburn
03-31-2010, 06:05 PM
I dont think ive ever noticed it with England because we dont usually say oat to Israel :laugh: but this time...its a bit freaky deaky....maybe its just climate change :laugh:

billwilliams70
03-31-2010, 06:44 PM
IIf you go back, you can link almost every natural disaster in the US with some kind of action by us against the land of Israel.
I'd like to see the research on this one.

Later.

eric84
04-01-2010, 08:02 PM
There are so many natural disasters, and so much wickedness, it's very easy to say this resulted from that, but we really have no idea. While I have no doubt God could use these as natural punishment, and that he does on certain occasions, I personally don't believe all these disasters are specifically for certain choices we make.