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Rhode Island hard hit by record rainPosted On Wed, April 28, 2010
Storms have been pounding the Northeast and Rhode Island has been especially hard hit.
The Pawtuxet River crested at 20.79 feet, more than 11 feet above flood stage, and hit the towns of Cranston and Warwick the hardest. The river flooded homes, shopping malls and train tracks, and thoroughly disrupted people from their daily lives.
"It is intensely heartbreaking for those people affected," Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri said at a news conference after he toured the flooded communities. "People lost everything they cared about."
The effects of the flooding have spread far beyond Rhode Island, shutting down a segment of Interstate 95, stopping local traffic and disrupting train travel between New York and Boston. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to four counties in Rhode Island and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following the severe storm and flooding.
On Monday, April 1, President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for Kent, Newport, Providence and Washington Counties. Obama's declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in these counties.
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