Spring is here, but that could mean flooding

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)- The Spring thaw is almost here…many people are looking forward to it, but it may also come at a price. 22News previews potential flood risks.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on potential flood risks for the coming months. They say that Spring’s late arrival will delay flooding into April.

But once the temperatures get warmer, the NOAA says we can expect to see the rivers rise. Snowpack up in the mountains will melt and the frozen ground will thaw and saturate the soil.

In Hampshire County, there’s some flooding hotspots. Aqua Vitea Road in Hadley, Island Road by the Oxbow in Northampton, Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley, and along the Mill River are just a few of the areas that have the potential to flood.

One person told 22News what fear they have for this season. Mark Nichols said, “You never know what’s floating down the river. Trees and what not. Most people don’t go in. From what everyone is saying there’s a lot of snow up North that’s just waiting to melt that’s going to come down and everyone is expecting a lot of flooding this year.”

The NOAA reports say the severity of the flooding will depend on the rate of the ice melt and how much rain we get.

To read NOAA’S full report visit



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