Connecticut River levels high due to heavy rain, snowmelt

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON (WWLP) – Parts of the Connecticut River are experiencing high waters after recent rain and snowmelt from northern New England.  

Minor flooding is expected for the Connecticut River in Northampton, Hadley, and Hatfield after Monday’s rain caused the river the rise.

There is a flood warning for the Connecticut River at Northampton. Flood stage is 112 feet.

The river was just a foot below flood stage early Tuesday morning and expected to rise just above 112 feet Tuesday evening. 

The owner of the Oxbow Marina in Northampton is encouraging boaters and swimmers not to go in the water until river levels go down. 

“There is a lot of debris coming down the river,” Owner of Oxbow Marina, Mick Duda said. “There are trees and a lot of driftwood so that causes the problem. We recommend that people do not go into the river. In the summer if the water should come up we recommend people coming from the river into us.”

Minor spring flooding is expected through Wednesday morning, after snowmelt from northern New England and heavy rain that fell across western Massachusetts Monday. 

However, this minor flooding is nothing unusual this time of year.

Lowland flooding is expected in and around Northampton, including low lying sections of the Oxbow. 

Minor flooding is also expected to affect Hadley along Aqua Vitae Road. In Hatfield, flooding is expected in the lowest lying sections.

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