We’re keeping and eye on the Leominster flooding situation. We hope our listeners in that area are out of harm’s way and keeping safe.
As reported by multiple news outlets–including NBC Boston and WCVB5, who we’ve used as sources for this piece–the storms that marched across the Commonwealth on Monday brought a deluge of hard, relentless rain to Leominster, MA and its surrounding communities. The resulting flooding has been described as “catastrophic” by Governor Maura Healey. And the images back that up.
From NBC Boston’s piece:
“Early Tuesday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency issued an evacuation alert for people in low-lying areas of the Fall Brook tributary to Fall Brook, along Central Street, Fall Brook and the North Nashua River in Leominster, citing a potential issue with the Barrett Park Pond Dam. Shelter is available at Skyview Middle School, MEMA said.”
As expected, schools in Leominster are closed today as the city deals with the aftermath of the flash flooding. Parts of Route 2 in and around Leominster were closed yesterday and cars were stranded in the flooding, which opened up sinkholes not just along Route 2 and the surrounding roadways, but all across that area of Massachusetts. WCVB5 shared footage of the damage just hours ago.
Leominster Flooding: 3 Things You Need To Know
Even with Monday’s storms gone, there’s still more weather on the horizon which could impact recovery efforts in Leominster. And the city is still in the process of assessing damage and sharing vital information with area residents. We’ve gathered the major points and shared them below, and will update as the situation develops, if needed. Additionally, the City of Leominster Facebook Page has been sharing timely updates, so be sure to follow.
Again, we hope everyone is able to stay safe and that recovery efforts are speedy.