Deluge Causes Flooded Streets, Some Homes

by | Jan 10, 2024

Above: The front of the high school after heavy rains Jan. 9 into Jan. 10; classes were held but navigating parking and the drop off was a bit more challenging than normal.

And Cole Middle School was dismissed early Wednesday because of electrical problems

The heavy rain overnight Tuesday into Wednesday closed Post Road at Franklin Road, and South County Trail at Middle and Frenchtown roads for part of Wednesday. Division Road between Overbrook Lane and First Avenue was passable, slowly. This was the second heavy rain event in Rhode Island in less than a month, with a total of  3.5 inches recorded at T.F. Green Airport.

EG Fire Chief Bernie Patenaude said EGFD helped some residents with flooded basements but said that other communities got hit worse.

Superintendent Brian Ricca sent out an email early Wednesday morning saying schools were open but that flooding may slow commute times. It turned out most of the schools were ok. EGHS has some flooding out in front – as has happened with significant rain storms – but students were able to attend school. At Cole Middle School, however, an electrical surge caused various outages, including in the main office, kitchen, cafetorium, and some classrooms, as well as internet for the building.

Things got worse at around 9:30 a.m. when electrical problems in the kitchen prevented normal air exchange, tripping a fire alarm. The building was evacuated, then deemed safe within 15 minutes to return but when officials learned the problem could not be solved immediately, they dismissed students.

According to one Cole staff member, the morning was “crazy and erratic.”

Ricca said the electrical issues at Cole had been repaired so the school would open for classes Thursday and they are still looking into the reasons for the power surge.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Thursday.

Franklin Road looking to Post Road after the Jan. 9-10 rain that caused flooding on Post Road. Photo by Sally Miranda

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