Heavy rain, melting snow contributed to flooding in most local areas

Hampden County

The heavy rain and melting snow Thursday led to quite a bit of street flooding all across western Massachusetts.

West Springfield uses pumping stations to get rid of the water. The heavy rain and melting snow caused the Connecticut River to rise.

When that happens the West Springfield DPW closes the gates at their pumping stations to keep the water from getting in. Then the pumping stations are used to keep the city’s streets from flooding. 

22News spoke to Trevor Wood, the Deputy Director of Operations for the West Springfield DPW.

He said, “When the rain hits the road, goes into the catch basins it all flows to the pumping stations and when the pumping stations get pretty high that’s when we turn on our pumps and it blows the water out into the river.”

The gates at the pumping station are closed when the river level reaches 49 feet. Wood says the pumping stations were working all day Thursday and into this morning. 

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