Heavy rain floods roads and causes outages in WMass

The warning is for Berkshire and Franklin Counties

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many parts of western Massachusetts have been flooded Wednesday night into Thursday due to a slow moving storm.

The National Weather Service had issued a Flash Flood Warning for Franklin and Berkshire counties that were in effect until 12:15 a.m. Thursday. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for Berkshire County until 6:00 a.m. Thursday.

Some of the cities and towns affected by the warning were Pittsfield, North Adams, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Deerfield, Montague, Conway, Shelburne, and Whately.

At 8:00 p.m., the NWS radar showed 1 to 2 inches of rain fell over much of Berkshire County. Pittsfield reported over 1 inch in an hour. Additional thunderstorms are tracking toward the Berkshires and will affect the areas through 10:00 p.m. Up to 2 inches of more rain is expected.

A Flash Flood Warning is issued for rapid and potentially life threatening flooding. In urban areas avoid flooded roads and obey road closures. Those near small streams must head for higher ground immediately.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice turn around don’t drown.

Act quickly. Move to higher ground at once. Get away from places subject to rapid flooding such as dry creek beds or places along streams. Avoid already flooded areas.

According to WMECo and National Grid power outage maps, there were scattered outage throughout western Massachusetts.

ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts, Rob Macedo, reported heavy rainfall with thunderstorms in western Mass.

The rainfall reports are:

  • Charlemont, MA: 2.62″
  • Colrain, MA: 3.45″
  • Cheshire, MA: 3.30″
  • Florida, MA: 2.32″
  • Williamstown, MA: 2.99″
  • Pittsfield, MA: 2.24″

Flood Reports:

  • 7:53 p.m.: North Adams, MA: River Street flooded out (typical flood prone area per Ham Radio Spotter)
  • 8:36 p.m.: Florida/Savoy. MA: Large boulders washed into the road on Route 2 at Black Brook Road with a possible road washout
  • 8:36 p.m.: Monroe, MA: portions of Route 2 flooded and impassable.
  • 10:35 p.m.: Colrain, MA: Main Road in the town common area is flooded and impassable.
  • 10:55 p.m.: Greenfield, MA: Portion of High Street, Route 2A flooded and impassable

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