Recent heavy rain raises flooding concerns

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The recent rain did make for some pretty big puddles. Many locations across western Massachusetts picked up over two inches of rain over the last couple of days and that has caused the water levels on area rivers to rise once again.

Flood stage for the Mill River is 11 feet. It did get up to 10 feet but the river continues to recede. The Connecticut River, which had caused some minor flooding earlier last month but had come back down, was running high again.

There is some good news though the river is not expected to reach flood stage, but you should still stay away from it.

“The water’s been pretty high this spring, the water has been really high up until recently. I urge people to stay off the river stay away from the river banks. If you slip and fall you could get taken away by the current because the current is strong right now,” said Captain Jim Pula of the South Hadley Fire Department.

Some people that live near rivers and streams have noticed how all the rain has affected them.

“Well up until yesterday I didn’t think about it. We did get a lot of rain and in Ashfield I live right on a river and it was pretty high,” said Robert Abbatiello of Ashfield.

With all the rain we’ve seen and with what other parts of the country have gotten recently some people feel there is something to it.

“I think that climate change is contributing to this crazy weather and I think this extremely heavy rain is a sign of a problem and more problems to come,” said Mary Wilson of Northampton.

The good news is that at least for now we’ve been able to avoid any significant flooding problems this year here in western Massachusetts.

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