US Drivers stranded as winter storm brings flooding

03:36  05 january  2018
03:36  05 january  2018 Source:   CBS News

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BOSTON -- Police in multiple communities across Massachusetts are closing roads and responding to drivers stranded by flooding in the middle of Thursday's winter storm, CBS Boston reports. Video posted by Quincy police of the hazardous conditions on Twitter and warned drivers never to head into floodwaters. They say 12 inches of water is enough to sweep a car off the road.

The Boston Fire Department posted a photo of firefighters carrying two people to safety from a car stranded in rising waters.

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Rescue efforts are under way Wednesday after thousands of schoolchildren and hundreds of drivers in the Deep South spent the night stranded at schools and along ice-covered highways following a rare winter storm that brought freezing rain, snow and bitter cold to the region.

In addition to some street closures in Boston, flooding on Plum Island has forced a few evacuations, and Duxbury, Salem, Plymouth, and Eastham have all reported flooding.

In the coastal town of Scituate, waves have crashed over and breached the seawall, causing flooding near the Oceanside Inn. The town asked residents along the coast to voluntarily evacuate in anticipation of flooding and power outages.

People there have also been warned about the risk of ice "shrapnel" that could come off the beach. Scituate Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said a combination of the high winds and high tide could send ice projectiles flying and potentially cause injuries to anyone nearby.

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Blizzard conditions are expected on the coast of New England Thursday, and a blizzard warning has been issued from Cape Cod to the Maine coast until 1 a.m. Friday.

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