Torrential rain brought severe flash flooding to several communities in central Massachusetts Monday evening, causing extensive damage and evacuations.
In Leominster, which received a stunning 11 inches of rain in a matter of hours, Mayor Dean Mazzarella called the situation “catastrophic.”
The flooding washed out roads, inundated homes and businesses, and forced residents to evacuate their homes and stay in shelters.
Photos and videos of the aftermath showed sinkholes that had swallowed vehicles, torrents of water rushing onto streets, a breach at a dam at Leominster’s Barrett Park, where area residents were urged Tuesday morning to evacuate, and shocked residents taking it all in.
See photos and video below.
MEMA staff have been on-scene in #Leominster since last night supporting the local flood response & coordinating requests for assistance, including 3,000 sandbags, additional shelter staff, traffic sign boards & shelter equipment to support residents with disabilities. #ThisIsEM pic.twitter.com/uQbmYQhlUQ— MEMA (@MassEMA) September 12, 2023
Remnants of last night’s flooding at Meadow Acres Mobile Home Park in Leominster. Peter Arsenault said first responders asked if he wanted to evacuate last night, but he decided to stay home so people who can’t walk could get help first pic.twitter.com/vAajWhxiP3— Devin Bates (@BatesReports) September 12, 2023
Pleasant St in Leominster is washed away and the foundation of a home at Pleasant & Coburn is completely undermined. Rescues from homes and cars ongoing. Stay away from the entire area. Most roads blocked. @telegramdotcom #MAwx pic.twitter.com/jVg1PSnfPQ— Rick Cinclair (@RickCinclair) September 12, 2023