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Flood Effects Felt Across the Region

Flood Effects Felt Across the Region

Fire hydrant on a flooded Harriet Thayer Drive in Attleboro.

The Sun Chronicle via YellowBrix

March 31, 2010

BRISTOL – “We’ll add that to the list.”

That was pretty much the phrase for the day among emergency personnel throughout the region Tuesday as they struggled to run from one water emergency to another.

“Three feet of water in the basement,” a Norton dispatcher announced over the police scanner.

“Need more pumps here,” an Attleboro firefighter reported to headquarters.

“We’ll need shelter for this guy. Check with COA (Council on Aging),” a Rehoboth rescuer reported to headquarters. “Can you put them on a list for a pump?” a Foxboro firefighter to dispatch.

“He only has an inch of water in the basement. Take him off the list,” a Foxboro firefighter told headquarters.

Non-stop chatter was about one thing and one thing only – water.

The chance to get out of school early and help out those in need was more than enough incentive for almost 50 Mansfield High School students who braved Tuesday’s downpours and chill to fill sand bags.

Principal Joseph Marusczcak said he got a call from Superintendent Brenda Hodges around 11 a.m., asking him if some students who were 18 or older would be willing to pitch in.

About 50 students were more than willing, helping to bag the sand in the school parking lot and traveling around town to get the bags to those who needed them.

“We want to help out the community,” senior Dan Gad said.

While the staff at Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro were left soaked by the storm’s pounding rain, the animals were high and dry.

“They’re dryer than us,” Zoo Director Jean Benchimol said.

While the animals homes were fine, some parts of the zoo took a beating from the wet weather, absorbing runoff from other areas of the park and nearby Attleboro High School. The pond in the center of the zoo had taken on almost 2 feet more water than it normally held, with one of the pond’s two islands nearly submerged.

Water seeping through basement walls damaged boxes and boxes of gift shop items, along with other supplies, before zoo staff could begin to pump out about 2 feet of water.

Staff was expected to stay at the zoo overnight to monitor the animals and make sure pumps removing water from trouble spots keep working.

With the zoo’s location as one of the lower levels of the park, Benchimol said they won’t know for a few days just how much damage resulted from the storm.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes,” she said.

Still, Benchimol said she was just happy knowing the animals were out of harm’s way.

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