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Heavy Rains Bring Flood Watches To Mass.

Flood watches and advisories are in effect for many Massachusetts communities Monday afternoon as heavy rains move across the state.

WCVB-TV meteorologist Harvey Leonard said parts of Massachusetts could get up to 5 inches of rain. That's not enough to expect river flooding, but roads may be susceptible.

"Perhaps Storrow Drive, Morrisey Boulevard, the areas that normally are susceptible to flooding and heavy rain events — that could become an issue as we get deeper into the afternoon and the evening tonight," Leonard said at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

State Police reported numerous highway spin-outs Monday afternoon, many in the northeastern part of the state, as a result of heavy rain and large puddles.

"A lot of times on roadways, water seems to puddle in the left lane because of, just the nature of the roads and the crown on the roads and so forth, and someone coming in the left lane at too great a speed and hitting those puddles very possibly could lose control of their vehicle," said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

Amtrak warned passengers using its service between Boston and Washington D.C. to expect delays thanks to a flooding problem in Maryland.

This program aired on August 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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