Western Massachusetts finally getting much needed rainfall

Every raindrop helps here in western Massachusetts

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some western Massachusetts towns saw close to an inch of rain from Tuesday’s rainfall. That is not including the rain we saw Wednesday and Wednesday night.

22News was at Granville Reservoir a couple weeks ago when it went offline and we saw how low the water levels were. You could see the darker color on the number scale clearly being shown, where the water levels were suppose to be.

We talked with the Assistant Director of Westfield Public Works to see if these past rainy days have been of some help. Francis Cain, Assistant Director of Westfield Public Works, told 22News, ” I think there was an inch of rain maybe in the last day or so and that brought the reservoir up .5 feet which is not a lot but its better than nothing and we’ll take it.”

The reservoir was recently brought back online but wasn’t because of the rain. Cain said it was more to balance the water pressure issues in Westfield.

A new US Drought Monitor will be coming out Thursday morning it will be interesting to see if there will be any improvements from the rain we have already gotten

Our yearly rainfall average is about 42 inches of rain and we’ve already gotten about 27 inches this year. Meaning we would need about 15 inches of rain to catch up to this on-going drought by the end of the year.

If we were talking about snow. we would need more than 12 feet of snow by the end of December to get us out of this drought. So most likely this drought will continue into next year.

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