Heavy rain caused street flooding in West Springfield

Much needed rain will be followed by drier weather later this week

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Early morning rains didn’t last long, but they were powerful on Tuesday.

“Don’t do it!” exclaimed April LaBombard, who learned two lessons early Tuesday morning. The first: Be careful what you wish for. Like many of us, she wished for rain, especially at her house in West Springfield. They sure got it: close to three inches of it.

Heavy rain flooded the Route 5 tunnel. The southbound side was closed for 45 minutes. Three vehicles had to be towed out of the floodwater. Northbound traffic was down to one lane. West Springfield Police Captain Michael Banas told 22News people lost power when transformers blew on Webster Avenue.

Then, April’s second lesson: Turn around, don’t drown. She got stuck trying to drive through a puddle on Sylvan Street, near Western Avenue, in West Springfield. “I open my car door and it’s like up to past my knee and I’m terrified because I don’t know how deep it is and I’m just like ‘I’m scared’ and so the officer came out to grab my hand and it turned out to be just up to my knee,” said LaBombard.

By 8 o’clock in the morning, the water started to recede as the rain stopped, and April could tell it was too deep to drive through. But, she said at 5 in the morning and raining heavily, she just couldn’t tell.”

“This is typical!” Emily English, April’s sister, told 22News. Emily joined April as they waited for the water to subside. When it did, they found that the car wouldn’t start. They needed a tow truck. An expensive lesson for many in West Springfield Tuesday in the quick, but powerful rain.

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