After downpours and flooding, a break from the rain -- for now
After the record-setting downpour that began Friday and caused flooding from Fall River to Billerica, the Boston area can expect the rest of the weekend to be warm and dry -- before more rain moves in Monday.
Flooding was reported in New Bedford and Fall River, where some roads have poor drainage, National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock said.
“It’s the lay of the land combined with the fact that it’s been urbanized, so water doesn’t soak into the ground, it runs off immediately,” he said.
Some streets were also flooded in Braintree, Boston, and as far north as Billerica, according to reports, he said.
Residents of three apartments in Dorchester were displaced this morning when a ceiling partially collapsed because of water damage, possibly because of the rain, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.
“We speculate it was rain,” he said.
The Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts fed 11 displaced residents, spokeswoman Ashley Studley said in a statement. The building’s owner will provide them with housing, she said.
Fire officials evacuated the residents of 5 Edwin St. and called a building inspector, MacDonald said. No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service said a daily record 3.07 inches of rain fell in Boston Friday. The previous June 7 record, 2.89 inches, fell in 2006.
The service measured 2.68 of precipitation in Worcester and 3.23 inches in Providence, both exceeding the previous records, set in 2006, of 1.75 in Worcester and 3.08 in Providence.
The highest rainfall in Massachusetts during the 24 hours starting late Friday morning was 5.4 inches, recorded in Hudson, according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday will likely be partly cloudy with seasonally average highs in the 70s, Babcock said.
Showers could return Monday afternoon, with another rainstorm hitting the area Tuesday and tapering off through Wednesday, Babcock said.Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.