Flash flooding inundates RI apartment complex

AP News
Posted: Sep 03, 2013 5:52 AM

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Dozens of people were forced from their homes after a flash flood inundated a Rhode Island apartment complex.

Fire officials say about 60 people were displaced Monday afternoon following a quick downpour that swamped a low-lying area in Cranston, just south of Providence. Fire officials say about half of them had to be rescued by boat.

Residents in the Dean Estates apartment complex reported waist-high water. Fire officials say the water was rising so quickly they moved ground-floor residents to the second floor before taking them to safety.

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Police and firefighters also had to wade through deep water to help stranded motorists. No serious injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service reports nearly 3½ inches of rain fell in Cranston on Monday.