rainstorm.jpgA record-shattering rainstorm hammered the northeast of Massachusetts delivering widespread flooding for the second time this month and unleashing particular havoc in Rhode Island, a tiny coastal state with a struggling economy and backbreaking unemployment rate.

The storm soaked all corners of the ocean state, pushing rivers over their banks, closing roads and schools, and requiring hundreds of people to evacuate, including by boat.

The rain lessened by yesterday afternoon but resumed in the evening, with officials bracing for what is expected to be the most severe flooding to hit the state in more than 100 years.