The Floods of 2010

March 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Situations | 1 Comment
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When I was growing up, my parents told me about the Blizzard of 1978. It snowed nearly an inch an hour for 33 straight hours, and that’s not including the snowdrifts. The winds were as powerful as a category 2 hurricane. It was a harrowing experience. I always wondered if I would ever tell my (eventual) kids about a storm or force of nature I lived through. After this weekend, I can.

Consider this your view into the Floods of 2010.

The Floods of 2010

Panicky Vaudevillian's RI Flood Pic 1

The Northeast was drenched in over a half a foot of rain in less than two days, and that’s not including the leftover rainwater from the previous week, which had coincidentally also been heavier than normal. Yesterday was the worst of it; the rain was so heavy that after only a few seconds of being outside would result in being completely saturated.

Rhode Island was the hardest hit state, as much of the state received over 8 inches of rain. The Pawtuxet and Blackstone Rivers, amongst others, swelled to double their flooding capacity.

Thankfully my residence was not hit hard, though many other southern New Englanders have been devastated by these floods. Below are pictures taken from outside and around the Warwick Mall, the day after the rains fell. This place is very near and dear to my heart. My parents would take me there on summer days when I was younger, and I would walk around and play in the arcade and go to Waldenbooks and just be a kid. In its forty years of history, the mall has never once been flooded; it is now under several feet of water. Hopefully the retailers and those whose livelihoods are linked to the mall can rebuild quickly.

As I sit here and type this, I hear helicopters hovering close by taking stock of the damage. Though the human cost was minimal, the harm done to the lives of many is considerable. Godspeed to those hurt and affected by this deluge.

The Floods of RI claim another victim.

Topps Underwater

Thankfully, this shop had closed down a couple months prior.

Building 19, dunskies.

Strangely enough, as I was taking this photo I began speaking to a woman standing nearby; she was a manager of this store. She was told by her boss not to come in the day of the rains, and I was with her for her first viewing of her place of work. She joked that Building 19 3/4 sold used and damaged goods, so they’d be right back on their feet in no time. I was happy for her upbeat attitude. I wished her luck and moved on.

Route 2 in Warwick, RI deluged.

A lot of businesses damaged.

Macy's of the Warwick Mall submerged.

I used to work there for a time…

Macy's submersed.

It sucks, but it’s better than losing lives.

Basically the same picture as on the Drudge Report this morning.

I would not want to be the owner of that car. Sorry bud.

A wider shot of the Drudge Report photo.

I wanted to make a joke about “Old Navy” and water, but thought it would be in poor taste.

A river runs through it.

So, did I mention Rhode Island got pwned?

Real rushing waters.

Crazy.

The guy from the Associated Press copying my style.

Guaranteed he won’t even give me credit. Or put me on the air. Even though he interviewed me.

More saturation.

That is one damp food court.

Our nation's finest.

Thank you for your help guys.

This should be a poster for these guys.

Proving that, even in the worst of times, you can still look badass.

And the National Guard flies overhead.

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  1. […] Panicky Vaudevillian’s RI Flood Pic 1. The Northeast was drenched in over a half a foot of rain in less than two days, and that’s not including the leftover rainwater from the previous week, which had coincidentally also been heavier … Below are pictures taken from outside and around the Warwick Mall , which is a place very near and dear to my heart. My parents would take me there on summer days when I was younger, and I would walk around and play in the arcade and go to …Continued […]


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