CRANSTON – The National Weather Service is projecting the Pawtuxet River in Cranston will crest at its highest level since the March 2010 floods.
The NWS division of Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service, as of 11:12 a.m., projected the Pawtuxet River in Cranston would crest at 11.8 feet sometime early Saturday morning. The height would mark a record-high since the historic March 2010 floods, when the Pawtuxet reached a height of nearly 21 feet, according to historic data.
The NWS designates cresting between 11 feet and 13 feet as resulting in moderate flooding and has issued both high wind and flood warnings for the area.
The river at 11.8 feet would impact homes and businesses in low-lying sections of Warwick, West Warwick and Cranston, according to NWS. Affected roads in Cranston include Avery Road and Wellington Avenue. Affected roads in Warwick include Pioneer Avenue, River Street, Bellows Street and Venturi Avenue. In West Warwick, affected areas include Daisy Street and the lower ends of Canna, Begonia and Aster streets, according to NWS.
The March 2010 floods, which came on the heels of multiple days of rainfall, inundated much of central Rhode Island. The floods ruined homes, businesses and infrastructure.