LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the second day in a row, Leominster children were forced to stay home after Monday’s historic rainfall and flooding.
The flooding destroyed many of the roads in Leominster, including a massive sink hole spanning the width of Pleasant Street. Many residents in the city do not have flood insurance to cover severe damage to their homes and vehicles.
Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency Tuesday night after surveying the damage in Leominster.
“Today I saw firsthand the devastating impacts of severe flooding in Leominster and North Attleborough – and it was painfully clear that Massachusetts is in a state of emergency,” said Healey. “This declaration will expedite our efforts to deliver relief to impacted communities and bolster our ability to access federal resources.”
Leominster resident Charlie, one of many who lost their car in the flooding, spoke to WBZ after seeing the sinkhole for the first time Wednesday morning.
“I hadn’t seen any of this, and I just heard about it and [thought] maybe it’s not that bad, but no. This is insane,” said Charlie. “Just two days, three days ago the yard was right here and now it’s 12 to 15 feet deep.”
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports.