Rhode Island marks the fifth anniversary of epic flooding along the Pawtuxet River.


Today marks the fifth anniversary of serious flooding in Rhode Island, which some heralded as a 500-year flood. The flooding overwhelmed the Warwick and West Warwick treatment plants, which were both built on sections of a 100-year floodplain along the Pawtuxet River. 

In early 2011, Treatment Plant Operator magazine editor Ted Rulseh spoke with representatives from the Warwick and West Warwick plants. Read the full interview in "Under Water," and take a look back at exactly what happened on March 30, 2010. At the time of the interview, plant management estimated damages were just shy of $10 million. It was definitely an event no one wanted to repeat.

To mark the anniversary, the Rhode Island Wastewater Operator Certification Facebook page posted these flashback photos. 

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Five years ago today, the Floods of 2010 were inundating West Warwick (pictured) and Warwick's treatment facilities, as...

Posted by Rhode Island Wastewater Operator Certification on Monday, March 30, 2015

 

The day after the rains ended, March 31, 2010.Photos: Facility staffs and RI DOT

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Posted by Rhode Island Wastewater Operator Certification on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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