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Heavy rain causes flooding across Massachusetts

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -

Heavy downpours have taken their toll all across the region. Roads were closed, and cars were rescued.

In Lowell, residents woke up to flooded streets and basements. Residents on Wentworth Avenue said they have never seen flooding this bad before.

“It's never been like this, ever. I've been here for over 40 years and it’s never happened,” one resident said.

Rescuers put on wetsuits and went door to door to help. Luckily, they only had to cut electricity to two homes.

"The firefighters came by and wanted to take me out by boat, and I said 'do I have to leave?' They said 'no,' then I said 'okay, I'm not leaving,'" One Lowell resident said.

One family had to use multiple pumps to get the water out of their garage.

“We had just about almost foot and a half of water in there. All my toolboxes, everything was just full of water,” the homeowner said.

But residents in Lowell said there wasn’t enough rain to cause this kind of flooding.

Officials looked at nearby drains to see if they were clogged, but some residents suspected local wildlife.

"Could be the beavers. I saw three beavers last night. Huge beavers. Walking across and going into the water,” one person said.

And the problems were just as serious elsewhere in Massachusetts. In Waltham roads were shut down because they were literally washed away. A river in Maynard looked more like white water rapids as water rushed around homes.

A sinkhole in Chelmsford caused a lot of concern for firefighters watching it. They knew there was a gas line running right underneath.

“Underneath the asphalt and the curbing there was a 6-inch gas supply line so my thought was, this is gonna cave in, the pole is going to fall, crack open a gas line with the weather here and we could've had an explosion,” Capt. Hank Houle of the Chelmsford Fire Department said.

The relentless rain washed away the dirt supporting the road.

Pictures sent in to 7News showed cars driving through high water in New Bedford. Streets there turned into ponds and portions of the highway were shut down as well.

At least one car in Fall River learned the hard way that driving through high water is a bad idea. That car was towed while crews were busy trying to clear storm drains.

Back in Chelmsford, when the street collapsed they got lucky. The gas line held. The firefighter who captured the scene on his cell phone said he's glad they took extra precautions to keep people and cars away.

“Our job is to expect the worst so I can't take anything lightly,” Capt. Houle said.

Firefighters secured the area around the sinkhole and there is no more danger from that gas line. The road however, still needs to be repaired.

Officials said to stay off the roads if you suspect flooding. It is not safe to drive through high waters.


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