It is amazing to see three months worth of rain fall across New England in two days. However, that is exactly what has happened as up to a foot of rain has blanketed New England. Rivers all across central New England are currently approaching or surpassing flood stage. Many local area schools have cancelled classes and opened the schools as shelters. A state of emergency has been declared in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I grew up in this area and the weather cancelled school plenty of times for me. There were lots of snow days, some ice days, and the occasional delay due to extreme cold, but school was never cancelled due to rain.
Flood-ravaged roads across the Merrimack Valley prompted school officials in dozens of communities to cancel classes today, as public works and safety crews struggle to keep up with Mother Nature.
Middlesex Community College canceled around 8 a.m. and the University of Massachusetts Lowell was suspending classes as of 3 p.m. today and has already canceled tomorrow's classes, largely due to impassable roads which is making it difficult for faculty and students to get there, according to campus police.
Lowell Superintendent of Schools Karla Brooks Baehr canceled classes for Monday in all Lowell public schools and opened the high school and Robinson Middle School as shelters for residents needing to evacuate due to flooding.
Heavy rains also prompted the following school systems to cancel classes today: Dracut, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and the New Hampshire communities of Hudson, Pelham, Windham and Nashua.
Also canceling were Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lowell Catholic High School, the Hellenic American Academy in Lowell, Presentation of Mary in Methuen, Bishop Guertin in Nashua, Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, and St. John's Prep in Danvers.
Here are some of the more impressive totals so far:
TOPSFIELD 11.95 750 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
GLOUCESTER 11.75 1021 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
SWAMPSCOTT 11.75 1023 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
ANDOVER 11.60 1031 AM 5/15
ROCKPORT 11.30 1020 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
PEABODY 11.10 1040 PM 5/14 HAM RADIO
BEVERLY 10.80 1000 AM 5/15 ASOS
SALEM 10.68 1019 AM 5/15 SALEM STATE
IPSWICH 10.61 904 PM 5/14 SPOTTER
MARBLEHEAD 10.30 757 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
LAWRENCE 8.73 1048 AM 5/15 ASOS
WAKEFIELD 10.53 1012 PM 5/14 SPOTTER
NORTH BILLERICA 9.13 700 PM 5/14 SPOTTER
NORTH TEWKSBURY 7.66 722 PM 5/14 SPOTTER
BEDFORD 5.61 1050 AM 5/15 ASOS
SCITUATE 9.25 844 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
HINGHAM 7.93 706 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
WINTHROP 10.02 835 AM 5/15 NWS EMPLOYEE
DORCHESTER 8.70 1030 PM 5/14 HAM RADIO
EAST BOSTON 8.30 1030 AM 5/15 LOGAN ASOS
MANCHESTER 11.05 1023 AM 5/15 SPOTTER
GOFFSTOWN 10.99 700 AM 5/15 SPOTTER