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Rain reports from the neighborhoods -- Monday, May 15

As flood waters rose in New England, we asked users to let us know what was going on in their neighborhoods. Here are some of their responses from Monday, May 15:

4:10 p.m.: 28 in Andover is flooded in lots of places. You cannot get into Andover from North Reading or From Lawrence. You have to go 133/125/114 to get there.

1:49 p.m.: Route 28 is flooded right in front of my condo bordering North Reading and Andover. It is closed although some people are still trying to drive through. I've already seen one car get stuck.

11:56 a.m.: Drove by the Shawsheen in Andover and Merrimack (across 495 bridge) yesterday afternoon. In 30 years, I've never seen them so high. Bridge at Shawsheen Plaza on Main St. was close to compromise. Sutton St. in North Andover looked to be next.

11:04 a.m.: Shawsheen Village, Routes 28, 133, 114 sections washed out. Multiple road closures, 100 year floodplain breached.

10:06 a.m.: Route 1A and Route 133 is now pretty impassable unless you have a very high vehicle. Same with a lot of Route 97, Route 133 and Route 1 traveling from Haverhill to Beverly. Route 97 in Groveland at Salem St. is closed. Route 133 in Georgetown is closed in areas. It took me 2 hours to get to work, traversing back and forth between Route 97 and Route 133 and finally ending back on Route 95 going to Route 128 to get to work in Beverly! Now I don't know how I'll get home!

10:22 a.m.: Communting in on the Mass Pike via an Express bus was not too taxing this morning, extra traffic but the roads were basically clear. Except for potholes that are growing larger and attitudes that are getting worse, the Brighton area is doing pretty well.

2:42 p.m.: My colleague who lives in Georgetown told me parts of Main St. in G'Town are closed.

5:24 p.m.: Update on Haverhill: Just spoke with my mother who lives near the High School/Monument St. Area - Winter St. is flooded out at the Little River bridge with the overflow. The Haverhill/Groveland bridge is ready to overflow. So is the Rocks Village Bridge. Her backyard has some big puddles, but no leaking in the cellar yet. No word on Merrimack River downtown. Hope the seawall holds up!

11:55 a.m.: The Merrimack is just insanely high. Winter Street is now closed around Lafayette Square because the Little River is running over, and the Groveland Bridge is closing at noon, I read on the city's web site. On my way out of Bradford this morning I went by the Crescent Yacht Club, where there's a boat ramp, and the water is almost up the steep driveway to the street. It's sick.

10:16 a.m.: The green bridge going from Haverhill to Groveland is nearly underwater. That's how high the Merrimack is there.

10:13 a.m.: My neighborhood is surviving the rain - I'm in Palm Springs, California where the high today is going to be 105 and we won't have any rain until about September! But seriously, I lived in Haverhill until a few years ago, and my family there reports the Little River at Lafayette Square is about ready to flood out the street there. The Merrimack River is supposedly ready to go over the seawall that was built after the great flood of 1938.

5:17 p.m.: Just went to market street in ipswich and the surrounding area.... 1A is closed right there... the river is coming into the road... all of the businesses are closed... power is off and probably for all the residents who live above them as well. Ebsco is flooded... you can see books etc floating in the basement... The river is totally hitting the new bridge (that high)...

3:34 p.m.: Ipswich is becoming an island. Most, if not all of the roads are closed!! The river downtown is trying to take over all of the shops. The wharf looks like it does at high tide with a full moon only it wasn't (it's high tide now, apparently -- going to check it out). I live across from the fire department and they have been non-stop since yesterday. I'm starting to build an ark.

12:17 p.m.: I live in downtown Ipswich and never thought we'd get flooded. We had 4 feet or more of water in the basement (luckily we rent and live on the 2nd floor and store nothing in the basement). But no heat and no hot water!!! fortunately (or not) i can work from home. I saw the Choate Bridge area yesterday, and it is very bad. Will have to go back today and check it out and bring my camera. I've never seen anything like this before!

11:29 a.m.: Parts of downtown Ipswich are already flooded by the now-roaring Ipswich River. We've got a few hours until the next high tide and it looks like the river will then spill onto Market Street (a main commercial thoroughfare). The arches on the Choate Bridge (2nd oldest stone bridge in the country) look to be only about 2-3 feet from the top of the water that's absolutely roaring around the middle piece of the bridge. Lots of flooding. Businesses along the river are in real trouble. Many roads, or pieces of roads, already closed. It's getting hard to find routes from one end of town to another now.

2:33 p.m.: Lawrence is a disaster area. Most of the old mill buildings on Merrimack Street are flooded. The entire basement of the one I was working at was flooded, and they are expecting another seven feet of water when it is all said and done. The dam on Route 28 is amost to the top and the bridge over the river at Broadway Street was closed. The city could be in big trouble if the dam doesn't hold up.

1:36 p.m.: The dam at Route 28 has almost flooded over, and the Merrimack is swelling up. It is almost to the bottom of both the Mass. Ave and 114 bridges in downtown Lawrence. Never seen anything like it.

5:11 p.m.: I live 1/4 mile from the Merrimack River in Lowell, near the wood st bridge. The Merrimack has flooded over its banks, all the bridges are closed, rt 113 (pawtucket blvd) is completely under water. River's up to about 15 feet below the wood st bridge (usually has about 25-30 feet)

12:53 p.m.: I live in Lowell near the Aiken Bridge. Drove over it to get to work this morning and freaked out about the water levels. Insurance Agent tells me I don't live in a flood zone. Why don't I believe her?

12:23 p.m.: I had to row a boat to get to my mom's house this morning and the DPW came and got us out with the biggest dump truck I've ever seen. Even still the water was coming into the cab and was flowing over the hood. She just moved into this place 2 weeks ago and didn't get any flood insurance. We're in Lowell along the Merrimack and the Pawtucket Boulevard (Route 113) is impassable.

11:59 a.m.: I drove over the Merrimack in Lowell this morning... have never seen it that high! Don't even want to think about what it will look like on the way home if it gets any higher.

4:20 p.m.: I live in Lynn between floating bridge pond on Rt 107 and Flax Pond. Both sections are flooded out, with Rt 107 completely under water between here and Salem/Pebody. The water from the pond at Eastern Ave & Wester Ave is now in the basements of my neighbors' homes; many of whom have no electricity or heat. Maple street is also under water.... worst of all Dunkin Donuts has been closed all day!

2:18 p.m.: My parents live in Lynn on Flax Pond. At last report there house as well as the two houses on either side of them have about a foot of water in the basements. The end of the street is flooded out and their backyard is almost gone.

11:22 a.m.: I live in West Lynn, near 1A. Flooding is was really bad last night -- Commercial Street and South Street closed. Our basement has 6 inches of water...was trying to keep up with it, pumping it out, then our area lost electricity. We started getting sewage from the basement sink. Trying to conserve the pump and keep the water below the level of washer/dryer, hot-water heater and our brand new furnace. There is just no place for the water to go---it's seeping back in about an hour after we pump---and more rain coming??. Good luck to everyone.

10:42 a.m.: I live in Lynn and went past Union Hospital this a.m.,and Route 129 was fine. There's some flooding near Boston Street behind the McDonald's near Fraser Field. Not nearly as bad as Peabody, Rowley area. Parts of Route 1 are closed in Saugus making additional traffic on Rte 129 and Rte 128/95.

2:37 p.m.: I live on Bainbridge St. in Malden. Fortunately we live high on a hill so we are dry, but sadly I have seen some of our neighbors who live lower in the valley of our street pumping out basements. We do have a nice mud slide/gushing river on the city- owned property beside our house that is spilling into the street making quite a muddy mess! The city should shore up that land and clean up the mess!

10:43 a.m.: We were out of town this weekend and came back last night to three inches of water in the basement.

4:06 p.m.: I live near Melrose and cellars are flooded with up to 2-3 feet of water in the Greenwood section of Wakefield. Don't take the awesome power of water too lightly.

2:16 p.m.: Driving through Melrose we saw that Johnnys Foodmaster parking lot was pretty flooded, and never mind where the high school is! What a mess! There was one lonely car way out in the middle of the flooded street. Why do people think they can drive through that?

1:11 p.m.: Lynn Fells in Melrose is still closed between Tremont and Main streets as of 1 p.m., water not going anywhere anytime soon! Ell Pond is almost to the gazebo at Main Street by West Emerson, the swans are paddling almost up to the parked cars! Lebanon Street is currently closed between Park and Forest streets too. Also saw Route 1 northbound almost completely stopped. AVOID!

9:20 a.m.: Grove Street, we had 3 inches in our basement, maybe 5 at the worst. Pumped nonstop from about 1p.m. Sunday through 9 a.m. Monday.

4:52 p.m.: I work in Newburyport (right on the river, Merrimac Street) and so far the river has not flooded. I've never seen it this high, and I think docks coming loose and boats, etc. is an issue.

North Andover
1:36 p.m.: At Rt. 114, the water has completey covered the street. The plaza at Market Basket and Kohl's is flooded and it looks like Friendly's is a few feet under water. I had to go into Andover to turn around, and the Route 133 and Route 28 intersection is completely underwater.

10:25 a.m.: Commuted from Melrose to North Andover today. Lots of street closings and water in Melrose. 93 north was a parking lot until 128. Route 28 north in Andover was flooded at the North Andover line. Route 125 from the state police to Merrimack was fine. But Stop and Shop, Dunkin Donuts and gas station on 114 in North Andover are under water. the commute home should be fun!

North End
2:43 p.m.: We live in a basement duplex on North St and as of early this morning we weren't having any problems. In general the North End seems to be draining reasonably well (maybe all the water is going into the Big Dig).

North Grafton
4:26 p.m.: Here in North Grafton - near the Westborough/Shrewbury borders (the same goes for Shrewsbury, which I passed through today), we've escaped most of the storm. I'd only say about 4 or 5 inches, at the most. I've only seen very minor flooding driving around today, and the National Weather Service reports the Blackstone River (Worcester to Providence) is well below flood stage. Our basement, which had minor flooding in a storm last year, is bone dry. Also, the areas on the roads and around our yard/driveway which have traditionally been submerged in water during storms like this are doing just fine.

North Reading
4:10 p.m.: At least one section of Haverhill Street, south of Chestnut Street and north of Batchelder Street, is flooded and closed. Chestnut Street, west of Moynahan's to Route 62, is flooded & closed. Route 62 from Carpet Crafts to Orchard Drive is flooded and should be closed but it is not, because the only other way through -- Little Elm from Haverhill St to Orchard Drive -- is flooded and closed. Either way is very risky. Ipswich River Park is closed. The gazebo is flooded and the Port-a-johns are under water. Central street near the police station is getting white water spilling over the curb from west to east neat the canoe launch. That should make things interesting for the temporary police station. And, it looks like the great wall behind the permanent police station has been breached.

2:16 p.m.: That part of North Reading/Andover always gets water, right near where The Ground Round was. Couldnt go down Haverhill Street this morning, so took 28 which wasn't nearly as busy as I thought it would be. And I guess Martin's Pond is now a lake.

11:07 a.m.: On Friday, passed papers on a 166-year-old home, that has never had water. I hope that still holds true. Now live in Peabody in 18-year-old townhouse, and we have 1 inch in the bottom level. We have been wet vacuuming for the 2nd day in a row. Have not ventured out in 2 days, so do not know the condition of the local roads. This is about the worst that I have seen.

11:03 a.m.: I live in Peabody and can tell you that the majority of people in central/south Peabody are having tremendous flood issues.

3:06 p.m.: Walnut Street along Birch Pond/Saugus Reservoir, Elm, Hamilton, Saville and lower Central Streets are all closed off from flooding from the Saugus River. The swimming pool has overflowed and our backyard is one big lake at the moment. Lots of basement flooding in the area. Don't even bother trying to get down Route 1.

2:42 p.m.: Another friend lives in Salem, right off Boston Street (which becomes Main Street in Peabody), and said it took 3 hours to drive in to Boston this morning because of all the road closures.

11:39 a.m.: No, my neighborhood in Salem is not surving the rain. I am a landlord from Salem and my basement is surviving the rain for now. It has water and the sump pump is working but I feel if the rain don't stop soon it will be a total wash out and my brand new Keyspan heating systems are going to be ruined. My house is right next to the Salem State parking lot and it looks like Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain. The street next to the parking lot (Forest Street) is closed down and the main street you will need to drive 0-5 miles per hour to avoid your car to be stalled. It has been crazy with all this rain.

Salem, N.H.
Many roads are impassable, including North Main Street, where the water has almost reached the first floor in some homes.

10:46 a.m.: Close to beach -- 12 inches in basement. The more we pumped, the more came in. 3 sump pumps and could barely keep it at a safe level.

South Boston
4:18 p.m.: It's not bad in southie. I came home a couple hours ago. Albany Street, 4th Street and Broadway Bridge was fine. No real water in the streets or anything. The light was out and there was a cop directing traffic at the Broadway Bridge. Other than that it's fine.

3:06 p.m.: I live in Southie, near I and 8th. My basement was flooded 6" yesterday at noon...I'm sure it's much worse now. Our hot water heaters are flooded, so I haven't been home since.

9:28 a.m.: I drove in this morning from Melrose to Southie just behind the Andrew Square T station. I expected the worst in that area (it's lower than the rest of the area), but much to my relief, it was okay. Not sure about Broadway, but at least the Andrew Square area seemed okay.

5:28 p.m.: Lots of streets closed and basements flooded (Swampscott, Salem, Marblehead area). But things seem to be improving today. Fans are actually drying our basement. I made it as far as 128 this am, saw the back-up and turned around. I was worried that it would start to rain hard again and I wouldn't be able to make it home this evening. Most of the streets I passed to get there were flooded and many closed.

9:58 a.m.: Route 97 is flooded just south of the Route 35 junction.

4:18 p.m.: I work in Waltham near Bentley College, and Waverly Oaks Road in Waltham has been closed all day due to a nearby river flooding across the street near Yolanda's. Linden Street in Waltham has also been closed off all day.

11:12 a.m.: Yesterday Washinton Street was closed along with Salem Street and Commerce Way. I got to go through Washington Street and it was up to my door. My hood was smoking and my brakes still are wet and not working properly. I live close to the Winchester line and Cross Street was closed along with Swanson Street. Car got stuck under the railroad bridge. How someone would actually think they'd make it across that is beyond me. Also my basement has four inches of water and our sump pump broke along with the wet vac and all home improvement stores are out of these things. Had to call the fire department for help, due to the fact is getting really close to the furnace.

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