Rhode Island Governor Warns of Worst Flooding in Over 100 Years
(NECN: Cranston, RI) - Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri says in regards to flooding, the worst is "still ahead of us." Carcieri is asking residents to get home by dinnertime to avoid what he says is the worst flooding to hit the state in more than 100 years.
Carcieri says the worst is yet to come.
Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday asked Obama to expand an existing disaster declaration to the entire state, and to declare an emergency, which would bring federal help to local and state emergency services.
The biggest concern is in communities around the Pawtuxet and Blackstone rivers, but problems extend to all pockets of the state.
National Guard troops have been activated, and evacuations are reported in places including Providence, Warwick, West Warwick and Cranston.
Information from the Associated Press is included in this report.