Sep 30, 2015 7:56 PM

Portland pumps out after flash flooding consumes cars, closes streets

PORTLAND, Maine - Flash flooding forced the closure of streets and damaged dozens of cars in downtown Portland, Maine on Wednesday.

About 6 inches of rain had passed through the region by the afternoon, and high water quickly took over the streets.

"People should’ve stayed home, that’s my opinion," said one man who went out for a bike ride to get around instead of driving. "It's a mess!"

One of the hardest hit areas was Somerset Street by a Whole Foods supermarket, where two cars were seen stuck with water up to their hoods.

“Yeah, there’s rivers," said Cynthia Eccleston, whose umbrella kept flipping inside-out from the high winds. "There’s actually rivers going down the streets.”

According to the city's Twitter page, there were no major injuries reported due to the storm.

Flood waters also impacted the parking lots of The Maine Mall, where more than a foot added up in some spots - going right up to some of the doors of vehicles.

As of Wednesday night, water had receded from most of the major flooded areas in Portland.

Concern remained throughout the city due to another batch of rain expected later tonight.

Central Maine Power Company said about 10,000 homes in southern Maine had lost power by 5 p.m.


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