Massachusetts: Leominster residents living near Barrett Park Pond Dam in Leominster, Massachusetts were asked to evacuate amid flash floods on Tuesday. The evacuation notice affects people in Fall Broom tributary to Fall Brook along Central Street, Fall Brook, and the North Nashua River.
Leominster, a town near Boston, is under state of emergency due to floods. Visuals on social media showed damage to vehicles and buildings. The City of Leominster issued a message on Tuesday, stating: “Due to a potential issue at the Barrett Park Pond Dam, as a precautionary measure, persons in low-lying areas of the Fall Broom tributary to Fall Brook along Central Street, Fall Brook, and the North Nashua River in Leominster, should immediately evacuate and safely leave the area. City shelter available at Sky View Middle School. If you need transportation, call 911.”
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Heavy rainfall in parts of Massachusetts resulted in flash floods. Several visuals showed the extensive damage caused in towns like Lexington, Burlington, and Leominster. Leominster closed its schools and ordered shelters to be set up, local media reports said.
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Weather forecasters said that other towns surrounding Leominster – Fitchburg, Lunenberg, Sterling – could also face flash floods. Dean Mazzarella, the mayor of Leominster, urged locals to not leave their homes on Monday night. Some people were evacuated from their basements.
“Everything’s just one big lake. Find a high spot somewhere. Find a high spot and stay there until this is over,” Mazzarella said in a recorded video on Monday. “This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order,” the National Weather Service said.
Maura Healey, the state’s Democratic governor, said that rescue teams were deployed ‘to keep people safe’. She said, “My heart goes out to residents and public safety officials in Leominster and other communities experiencing catastrophic flooding tonight.”