FLORENCE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sudden, heavy downpours caused trouble in Hampshire County Wednesday afternoon. On Bridge Road at around 1:30, wind and rain caused a tree to fall on a car, Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Steven Vanasse said.
The roadway was blocked off at Hatfield Street for about half an hour as DPW crews worked to remove the tree. No one was hurt, Vanasse said.
Along North Main Street in Northampton, so much rain in such a short amount of time overwhelmed storm drains and forced water to bubble up through manhole covers. It was a similar situation on Round Hill Road in Northampton, water was just gushing up from a man hole in middle of the road.
The torrential downpours turned many streets into rivers and many crosswalks into pools of ankle deep flood water. The entire Childs Park in Northampton turned into a muddy lake.
In Florence, right outside of Look Park near the VA Medical Center, vehicles struggled to drive in into the rain water, splashing through it and it was cascading down the sides of the road.
And it wasn’t just the side streets, the rain falling on I-91 on the way to Northampton was just as heavy for most of the day, forcing traffic to slow down and avoid hydroplaning.
Also, in Florence earlier Wednesday the wind and rain caused a tree to fall on a car on Bridge Road, but no one was hurt, and it was cleaned up quickly.
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