NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -
Flooding became a major problem in New Bedford and Fairhaven, where a flash flood emergency was in effect Friday evening in the wake of Hurricane Arthur.
The National Weather Service has stated that rainfall totals of eight to 10 inches were possible in the New Bedford area.
Officials asked people in low-lying areas to move to higher ground because it was an "extremely dangerous and life threatening situation." People were encouraged to not travel unless they are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order.
Residents are having to deal with a flooded Fourth, with cars trapped in high water and basements flooded.
"I'm just blown away, but it is what it is, all you can do is hope for the best and nobody gets hurt," said Nicole Matthews.
Many streets looked more like rivers. One car tried to make it through the intersection of Belleville Road and Hatch Street, with the water splashing up to the car's windows as it drove through.
"People just go around the cones and they're not supposed to," said Adam Simmons, a tow truck driver.
"Had one earlier...with a flat tire. The car floated right off the road, hit the curb. Now they try change flat," said a member of Fairhaven Emergency Management.
Fairhaven was drenched and the torrential rain happened to coincide with high tide, backing up drains and leaving the water with nowhere to go.
A 7News viewer got caught in the middle of New Bedford flooding, where rushing water lifted up by a manhole cover in the road.
As roads transformed into rivers before his eyes, Nick Merianos pulled over and started filming.
"I was driving by and noticed huge splash of water by someone's car as they were driving over it and that happened to be one of the manholes," Merianos said. "It's just like Ol' Faithful, the geyser, all of a sudden spurts out water and comes down."
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