LOWELL -- Emergency crews have shut down a portion of Wentworth Avenue Monday morning after relentless rain caused a flash flood, requiring emergency crews to travel in a boat to check on residents.
The Sage Bank branch at 691 Rogers St., was also closed on Monday when flood waters rose dangerously close to the building's electrical service, said Lowell Deputy Fire Chief Robert Flynn.
On Wentworth Street, firefighters visited about nine homes along the flooded portion of the street while city workers kept busy pumping water into catch basins.
Though firefighters shut off gas supplies to one of the houses, all other homes had little water in the basement as of 10:30 a.m. and the residents decided to stay put, according to Flynn.
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George Rose, deputy chief of emergency management for the city of Lowell, said the residents have the option to leave their homes at any point and that the city is ready to set up an emergency shelter at the senior center on Broadway if needed.
Wingate at Belvidere, a rehabilitation and nursing home at the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Rogers Street, was not affected by the flooding.
In the meantime, two vehicles were seen abandoned on Wentworth Avenue, half submerged in water. A truck stalled on the street on Monday morning when the driver tried to drive through the water, Flynn said.