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Rivers continue to rise, flooding an issue

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National Weather Service flood warnings are in effect for areas along the Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck rivers following another round of heavy rains in Rhode Island.

Runoff from rain Monday night continued to flow into the Pawtuxet River on Tuesday. The water level was expected to keep rising and crest on Wednesday afternoon at around 11 feet, two feet above flood stage. The river was expected to remain above flood stage through Thursday afternoon.

According to Storm Team 10, another period of heavy rain was expected to fall in the area Tuesday night.

Residents on Robinwood Drive in Cranston were bracing themselves for another round of storms after last week's heavy rain.

Karry Arlan has only lived in the area for about a month, but said she's quickly learning about the power of Mother Nature.

"It's crazy what it can do with such little amount of rain. Imagine if we got inches upon inches, what it can really do, the damage," Arlan said.

Kim Winnard knows. She remembers the historic flooding in 2010.

"Comes back a little, a bit of panic. You watch the weather reports, Channel 10, and hope it never happens again," she said.

Amy Sinyei, who lives on Perkins Avenue which got hit hard during the historic flooding, said she's moving out this week.

"I live at the end of the street and I live in the town I grew up in and it's so wonderful, but there's a giant in the woods that wreaks havoc on my life," she said.

In western Washington County, more than two inches of rain also fell, causing flooding on the Pawcatuck. A flood warning for the river remained in effect until Wednesday morning.

Looking at the rushing river on Tuesday, Westerly Town Manager Steven Hartford was not happy with what he saw.

"It brings back bad memories of 2010. This is really the epicenter of where the flood happened," he said.

The spring flooding submerged the town.

The National Weather Service said the river was just below 8 feet and was expected to crest at about 8 feet.

"We're looking at the river every hour and if we need to take some action to evacuate people or some businesses out or residents out we'll do that. But right now, we think we're going to make it," he said.

Hartford said with more rain coming in the evening, the town would be watching area roads.

"DPW and police will be patrolling so people don't drive into deep, deep puddles," he said.

Hartford said the town has closed one of its well sites as a precaution to prevent any kind of contamination.

NBC 10's Mario Hilario, Cierra Putman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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