Just when area residents began drying out their flooded basements over the weekend, forecasters predicted more rain Monday and Tuesday.
John Santos looked at the piles of debris in the backyard, musty evidence that nearly 2 feet of water flooded his Belmont Avenue basement last week.
But just when Santos and other residents began drying out, forecasters predicted more rain for Monday and Tuesday. Santos shook his head.
“The rain could wait. Give us a break for a couple of weeks,” Santos, 40, said. “It would be nice to be able to recover.”
He was among city residents who were still cleaning up on Sunday, one week after a three-day Nor’easter flooded streets and basements across the region. Several residents evacuated their homes during the storm’s peak.
But forecasters predicted even more rain across already saturated communities – 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in the greater Brockton area. Most of the rain was expected to fall Monday night into Tuesday, said Rebecca Gould, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Gould anticipated “a couple of problems” with more rain since area rivers are still high from last week’s storm. Nearly 7 inches of rain fell in Brockton during the storm, one of the worst on record.
“The rivers may rise a little bit but we shouldn’t have the amount of flooding that there was (last week),” Gould said.
Residents whose homes were flooded should watch carefully if electricity or gas appliances are exposed to any more water, Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Murphy said.
If that happens, Murphy advised residents to call 911, since the power must be shut off to prevent a fire.
“Remember, their lives are more important than their property,” Murphy said.
News of more rain after the flooding concerned Mayor Linda Balzotti on Sunday.
“I am concerned because the water has receded, but it’s still pretty high,” Balzotti said.
The mayor said she would have city crews watch the water level in areas that were heavily flooded last week, including the Salisbury Brook, which overflowed its banks and flooded nearby homes.
Balzotti also plans to meet with city officials to review the city’s response to the storm “to try to review everything that happened, everything we did, where we might be able to improve,” she said.
Brockton has no formal emergency management plan for dealing with floods, officials acknowledged last week when contacted by The Enterprise after residents complained about the city’s response.
“We’ll take a look at the whole issue of the plan and preparedness and we’ll be reviewing all of that,” Balzotti said Sunday.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were in Brockton on Friday to assess damage from the flooding. The mayor is hoping the city made its case for federal assistance for residents whose homes were flooded.
“It’s a little frustrating, but I’m still hopeful that there will be some resources available,” Balzotti said.
Meanwhile, electric fans and dehumidifiers were working to dry out the basement at Lorenzo Mathis’ home on Belmont Avenue on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, professional cleaners worked on the basement for more than four hours to clean it and prevent any mold – at a cost of $1,800, Mathis said.
His next step is to install new insulation and paneling in the basement.
“We’re trying to get it together,” said Mathis, 57, a retired Boston firefighter.
Outside, the family made a large pile of debris to throw out, including a ruined juicer, a humidifier, a fryer, several pairs of shoes and a stack of collectible albums from the 1960s and 1970s.
Karen Mathis, 57, gazed at the pile of damp albums.
“Some of them, I just couldn’t save,” she said.
Enterprise writer Maria Papadopoulos may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.