WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Flooding was so extensive in Worcester, where more than 5 inches of rain fell, that the city told residents to stay off the roads. Numerous vehicles became stranded in the quickly rising water, which led to rescues of people inside.
As of 12 p.m. Saturday, Route 20 at Route 122 in Worcester remains closed due to the flooding. Crompton and East Park are closed at a minimum until Monday, according to officials. Traffic signals are also out of service in some areas of Worcester due to power outages.
National Grid worked through the night to restore power. As a result of the power outages, residents are urged to discard any food products that were without refrigeration for four or more hours.
In addition, city officials warned people not only of the flooded roads, but manhole covers being washed away by the fast-moving water. Residents were warned that the flooding may have caused raw sewage overflow, and they are instructed to treat all water as if it could be contaminated.
Several roads were closed in Fitchburg because of flooding, and people were seeing trying to move vehicles to higher, dryer ground.
Cars also became stuck under overpasses in Haverhill when the rain fell. The heavy rain pushed offshore after 11:30 p.m., but the threat for showers remained overnight.
Showers slowly diminished throughout the Saturday, with winds expected to get stronger with gusts approaching 30-40 mph. A few showers may still linger into Sunday, however.