Heavy Rains Flood Local Roads
Several inches of rain fell across Southern New England on Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued numerous severe weather watches and warnings, including a tornado warning in Northeastern Connecticut.
As of 6:30PM most of the heavy rain and lightning have starting moving out of the area, but not before closing several roads. Local weather spotter Nick DiGiovanni reports about 2.3 inches of rain fell on Sutton Avenue in Oxford making it nearly impassable.
Worcester’s Fire Department has reported over 100 emergency calls in just the last few hours. Power lines were reported down on Thompson Road in Webster and lightning struck a home on the corner of Church and Pine Streets in Burrillville this afternoon.
During a flood, water levels can quickly change. You are urged to get to higher ground and avoid driving into the water. Authorites remind you to “turn around, don’t drown.”
Below is a video posted by the Oxford Police Department on Twitter, and photos taken by Karen Morang showing the water almost completely covering two cars on Cambridge Street in Worcester this afternoon. There were no reports of injuries.
Flash flooding -Sutton Ave Find alternate route! Please retweet pic.twitter.com/HVdD1GkpT1
— Oxford MA Police (@OxfordPD_MA) July 17, 2018
These are all the pics I took before we closed down and had to leave
Posted by Karen Morang on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Flooding in Oxford, MA after 2.33” of rain @WX1BOX @NWSBoston pic.twitter.com/TDucba0cyu
— Nick DiGiovanni (@nickdigiWX) July 17, 2018