Deluge in Warren and Bristol


The remnants of Hurricane Isaac brought a deluge on the East Bay Wednesday, overflowing storm drains, sewers, basements and roads as a heavy band of rain moved in around 11:30 a.m., just as high tide was cresting.

The storm incapacitated Route 114 on the Warren and Barrington line, south at Locust Terrace and caused traffic nightmares in Warren, where sections of Hope Street, Thames Street and Chestnut Street were blocked off after noon. Spillover traffic onto Metacom Avenue was slow-going, even after the worst of the cell had passed.

"I think it's just coming down too fast and furious for the drains to handle," said Judy Fardig in the Warren DPW office.

How bad was it? This video was shot heading north on Route 114 at about 1:30 p.m., fully two hours after high tide and 45 minutes after the worst of the cell had blown through.


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