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Heavy Rain Friday Night Traps Drivers in Massachusetts

22 Oct 2016, 10:47 pm

Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday evening.  This is where nearly 5 inches of rain fell beginning shortly before 8pm EDT Friday, and continuing into early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service in Boston had issued a flash flood warning due to the flooding, which was also caused partially due to poor drainage in the city.

In Worcester, all major intersections were flooded and impassable, and also reports of a number of cars stuck in flood waters. Rescue crews worked to free the trapped drivers. This prompted the city of Worcester to issue an announcement asking residents to stay off the roads Friday night, including in Northborough and other nearby communities.

Thousands of residents also lost power. National Grid worked through the night to restore power. As a result of the power outages, residents are urged to discard any food products that were without refrigeration for four or more hours.  As of Saturday evening, all but a few hundred residents were back online.

 

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