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Flood warning for Blackstone, Pawtuxet rivers

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Only minor issues were reported Friday across Southern New England from the latest bout of heavy rains.

On average, 1 to 2 inches of rain fell across the region over the past 24 hours, although heavier amounts approaching 3 inches fell in central and western Massachusetts.

The rainfall to the north has swollen the Blackstone River that runs through Woonsocket on its way to Narragansett Bay.

The Woonsocket Falls are a raging torrent of water, but it's mostly remaining in its banks. Some of the adjacent bike paths were under water, but that river is not expected to get much higher before it begins to recede.

The National Weather Service in Taunton issued a flood warning for the Blackstone River in Woonsocket from Friday evening to Saturday morning or until the warning is canceled.

At 4:16 p.m. Friday, the river was 8.4 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage by Friday night and continue to rise to near 9.1 feet after midnight. The river will fall below flood stage by early Saturday.

The weather service said at 9 feet, flooding may begin to affect the lower parking area of the Albion Mill Apartments. Lower lying residential areas along the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border, including the lower level of the River Island Condominiums in Woonsocket, may begin to experience flooding.

Businesses along the river should take the necessary actions to protect property.

The weather service said a flood warning continues for the Pawtuxet River at Cranston, where minor flooding has happened and moderate flooding is forecast.

At 3:45 p.m. Friday the stage was 11 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet.

The river will continue rising to near 11.2 feet after midnight, and then begin falling on Sunday but still remain above flood stage.

At 11 feet, structures and homes are impacted in low lying sections of Warwick. Affected areas include homes and businesses on Wellington Avenue and Avery Road in Cranston as well as Pioneer Avenue, Bellows Street, Venturi Avenue and a portion of River Street in Warwick, according to the weather service.

The National Weather Service dropped flood watches for Connecticut and Rhode Island.

People who live along the Pawtuxet River in the Cranston-Warwick area and the Pawcatuck River near Westerly experienced minor flooding. Sump pumps are humming, clearing out basements.

Through the first half of the year, Southern New England was running a 6 inch deficit for annual rainfall. That has all been made up with one of the wettest Junes on record.

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