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Flood Related Information

Notice: The deadline for requesting flood assistance from FEMA is May 28, 2010. For more information, click here.

Message from Governor Donald L. Carcieri

My Fellow Rhode Islanders,

Our state has experienced a flood of historic proportions, and we are working hard to provide assistance to all Rhode Islanders who are coping with the heartbreaking aftermath. If you have suffered damages and losses from the storms and floods, please know that you do not have to face this alone. Help is available from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private organizations.

The RI Flood Recovery website is a central point of reference for you. You will find help for individuals and for businesses, with links and information about what you need to recover from the rains and flooding. With the support of all of our recovery partners, we will get through this difficult time together.


DEM Press Releases:

DEM Now Stocking Trout in Several Popular Fishing Locations

DEM Announces That Conditional Area A, Mount Hope Bay & Kickemuit River Will Re-Open to Shellfish Harvesting on April 17

DEM Announces Emergency Regulations to Extend Access to Shellfish Management Areas

DEM Announces That the Cove in Portsmouth Will Re-Open to Shellfish Harvesting on April 15

DEM Announces That Conditional Area B Will Re-Open to Shellfish Harvesting on April 10th

DEM Offers Advice on Cleaning Up Recreational Fields Impacted by Flooding From Urban Waters

DEM Announces That on April 8th All Approved Waters for Shellfish Harvesting Will Reopen, With the Exception of the Cove in Portsmouth

DEM Urges the Public to Exercise Caution on Opening Day of Fishing Season This Saturday, April 10

DEM Announces Re-opening of Southern Waters of Narragansett Bay and Point Judith and Potters Ponds for Shellfish Harvesting on April 7th Following Emergency Closure Enacted Last Week Due to Excessive Rainfall

DEM's Office of Customer and Technical Assistance (OCTA) is Post-Flood Point of Contact for Environmental Inquiries from Residents and Businesses

DEM Announces That Most South County Coastal Shore Ponds Will Reopen for Shellfish Harvesting on April 3rd Following Emergency Closure Enacted This Week Due to Excessive Rainfall

DEM Seeks Sewer Users' Help in Reducing Further Basement Backups and Overflows of Raw Sewage

DEM Issues Advisory: Proper Procedures Critical for Cleanup of Indoor Fuel Spills from Flood Waters

DEM Issues Advisory: Residents Urged to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes

RIRRC Announces Extended Hours at Central Landfill & Additional HHW Drop-offs

DEM: Reduce Water/Sewer Use in Flooded Areas; All Connections of Basement Sump Pumps to Sanitary Sewer Systems are Illegal

DEM Announces Extensive Areas of State Waters Closed to Shellfishing

West Warwick Wastewater Treatment Facility at Imminent Risk of Flooding – Plant Evacuated – Downstream – Warwick Facility at Risk of Flooding – Evacuation Planning Underway

DEM Issues Advisory: Local Flood Waters May Be Contaminated by Sanitary Sewage

DEM Announces That Most South County Coastal Shore Ponds Will Reopen for Shellfishing Harvesting on March 27 Following Emergency Closure Enacted This Week Due to Excessive Rainfall

DEM Announces New Emergency Closure of Shellfishing Areas in Coastal Shore Ponds, Bristol Harbor, and Jamestown's Mackerel Cove and Dutch Harbor as a Result of Excessive Rainfall and Runoff

DEM Announces Shellfish Closure in Bristol Harbor Beginning March 24 Due to Sewage Overflows

DEM Announces Shellfish Closure in Bristol Harbor and Nearby Waters Beginning at Sunrise Tuesday, March 16

Great Swamp Target Range:

Until further notice, the Target Range at the RIDEM Fish and Wildlife Great Swamp Management Area in West Kingston will be closed for use due to flooding damage. Safety briefings will still be conducted at the range as scheduled. For more information, please contact the Great Swamp Field Office at 401-789-0281.


RI Flood Recovery Website

RI Flood Recovery Resources Guide

Local Emergency Management Agencies

DEM Flood Response and Septic Systems Fact Sheet

EPA Flooding Information Page

EPA Flood Cleanup Page

EPA Mold Information Page

EPA Disaster Debris Information Page

EPA Flood Recovery Fact Sheet for Residents- English and Spanish

Centers for Disease Control- Sanitation and Hygiene After a Flood

For General Information 222-6800 • After Hours Emergencies 222-3070 • Disclaimer
rev. 5/24/10