Flood Watch issued due to melting snow along the Connecticut River

Tuesday’s warm temperatures broke record in western Massachusetts

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The melting snow in Vermont and New Hampshire may cause some minor flooding in Massachusetts along the lower Connecticut River.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch on Tuesday for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties until Friday. The Connecticut River at Montague will affect Franklin and Hampshire counties, the river at Northampton will affect Hampden and Hampshire counties, and the river at Thompsonville, Connecticut will affect Hampden County.

On Tuesday, the Westover Air Reserve Base recorded that the high temperature was 88 degrees, breaking the previous April 11th record high of 78 degrees, which was set in 1945. Due to record warmth this week, the melting snow may cause the Connecticut River to rise near or above flood stage by Thursday, according to NWS.

In West Springfield, pumping stations have been diverting water from the Westfield River to a lagoon on the Big E fairgrounds to keep water levels from rising too high.

With more people heading outside to enjoy the warmer weather, the Longmeadow Fire Department is reminding people to be cautious near the banks of local rivers. Captain Andrew Fraser said, “The water is moving a lot quicker this year because there is a lot of snow melt and recent rains. So small kids should definitely not be near the water’s edge.”

The fire department said residents in the Flood Watch areas should have a “go-kit” ready of medications and other emergency essentials, should the alert be upgraded to a Flood Warning.

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