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Heavy Rain Floods Communities, Lynn Hit Especially Hard

Continuously heavy rain led to challenging commutes and flooding across many city streets in Massachusetts on Sunday.

Roads flooded across Lynn, Somerville and Cambridge. At least eight inches of rain fell in Lynn and Peabody forcing police to shut down several roads and warn drivers to turn around.

For those who didn't listen, many ended up stalling out.

"I can't even go home," stranded driver Jose Delgado said. "I got the family in the car. It's crazy."

"I''ve never seen anything like this before," another man said.

One guy was spotted climbing out of his car's window on the flooded busy Lynnway before construction crews lifted up his car and hauled it away.

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Lynn resident Vera Sayzew says she's lived through a lot of floods but says Sunday's was "definitely the worst."

Sayzew's backyard is underwater, and so is part of her house.

"My basement is flooding," she said. "I'm practically up to my knees in the basement."

Mike Kuleszka's basement and back yard where he has a parked boat flooded. He says he's trying to figure out what to do next.

At Performance Auto Brokers, owner Mickey Bozic says "not even one car works" after all the flooding.

He says the water damage will cost more than $200,000.

"We have to wait till insurance comes tomorrow to determine what's wrong and what's right," Bozic said.

An entire lot was flooded, including a 1972 Mercedes Benz that is now a total loss.

On Commercial Street, a mechanic was helping out stranded drivers like Keepling Grandoit.

"I thought, I can make it," Grandoit said. "I saw so many cars made it."

The mechanic was able to get Grandoit's car started but many weren't so lucky.

Michelle D'Agostino and her family tried to make the best of the situation Sunday, turning their backyard into a temporary water park.

"The boys put on their bathing suits and were out swimming in the playground. You know, it is what it is," D'Agostino said. "We're lucky, it could have been worse."

Hundreds of people are still without power Sunday night. With so much rain in such a short period of time, city leaders are trying to determine the magnitude of the devastation. They are now asking for state and federal funds for clean up and repairs.

Most of the major streets in Lynn have since reopened but many signals are still blinking Sunday night, so authorities are urging drivers and people out in Lynn to be careful.

Sunday's heavy rain also led to flooding within Boston. State police say Storrow Drive traffic was rerouted at Boylston Street. Memorial Drive in Cambridge was also rerouted at Main Street due to flooding. 

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials say a Green Line trolley derailed around 7 a.m. Sunday morning in Boston after it hit debris stuck on the track during a downpour. No passengers were on the train near Huntington Avenue, and the conductor was not injured.

Pockets of northern Massachusetts also experienced street flooding overnight.

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