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TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA - AUGUST 30: Cars sit in flood waters from Hurricane Idalia after it passed offshore on August 30, 2023 in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Hurricane Idalia is hitting the Big Bend area of Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A state of emergency has been declared in the city of Leominster and the National Weather Service has extended a flash flood emergency through today. Massive rain storms have invaded the city over the past several days which has caused massive sinkholes, property damage, closures of roads and massive flash flooding. There are some safety parameters in place and if you live in the Leominster area, you need to be made aware of the following.

Two emergency shelters have been set up at two area schools: Francis Drake Elementary School and the other at Skyview Middle School. If you are in need of any emergency equipment or just need a place to stay for the time being, you are encouraged to go there. Since several people have been evacuated from their homes, having these shelters will come in very useful for the people of the community. News outlets from all over the state have traveled to Leominster to capture these unbelievable images of buildings collapsing, cars being swallowed by water and in one instance, a house hanging on by its foundation due to massive flooding.

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella is urging residents not to go out at all today unless they have to. As a result of the flooding, all Leominster public schools are closed. Also, Route 2 which was closed last night due to the flooding, has now been reopened. Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale advised residents that if they are in need of any help, they can contact 978-829-1900.

In a statement by Governor Maura Healey: “There are catastrophic floods in the Leominster area and other communities across the state this evening. My heart goes out to the impacted communities and public safety personnel.” The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is on the ground helping if anyone needs assistance. Check out these eye witness photos and videos from the flooding.

  • WCVB's Brianna Borghi shares Route 2 video

    As of this morning, Route 2 has been reopened in both directions. It had been closed last night due to severe flooding in the area.

  • Mobile Home park is forced to evacuate

    Residents of the Meadowbrook Acres community were rescued yesterday by military personnel . They were rescued by boat or stretchers. 

     

    Mobile home park in central Mass. evacuated during flash flood emergency

    Roughly 25 roads in Leominster are not passable and all available first responder has been called in to help.

  • Cars swallowed by rain!

    Check out this footage of a car being swallowed by the massive flooding in Leominster yesterday. One person had to be rescued from the top of their vehicle.

  • "Worst damage we've seen"

    THIS is the footage everyone is talking about. This home is hanging on by the foundation after massive flooding hit the Leominster area.

  • Sinkhole on Pleasant Street

    This is the main reason the Mayor is asking people to stay off the roads. This sinkhole tore up a portion of Pleasant Street.

  • Massive flooding invades Leominster building

    This footage is unbelievable. The amount of water is just too much and is rushing into this Leominster building.

  • Exchange Street looks like a river!

    Exchange St. is flooded massively by the rain. Anyone trying to drive anywhere near this should obviously rethink that idea.

  • Roads are filled with debris

    Stay off the roads if you can. Roads in Leominster are being filled with debris and seem to be impassable.

  • Footage from evacuations show pets leaving homes

    Leominster emergency personnel are evacuating people and pets from area homes and a senior community.

  • MASSIVE flooding footage

    This is not something you see everyday! Look at this first hand footage of the flooding in Leominster.

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