Minor CT River flooding near Northampton doesn’t compare to flood of 1984

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Connecticut River’s running at its minor flood stage in Northampton after this weekend’s heavy rains extended into Monday. 

“Out there is probably a normal runoff– winter runoff. Comes up the side, maybe it’s a little higher than normal, but a real high one would be up to Route 5,” Chet Maslowski, an Oxbow Marina patrolman told 22News. 

The Connecticut River was just inches above its minor flood stage near Northampton Monday night when a river flood warning was issued. And even though water is creeping  closer to backyards on Island Road, the flooding isn’t causing any real issues.

It’s just a bit higher than normal. 

But as high as the water is right now, many locals familiar with the area have said it’s been much worse in the past.

Maslowski told 22News nothing compares to the flood in 1984. 

“Yeah, back in the floods we were– I was in a boat operating down the streets getting people out of their houses…Yeah they were rescuing people out of their houses. That was a real flood. That was, uh, I think during the summer. That was a big flood.”

This isn’t the first time a river flood warning was issued this spring.

One was in effect for the same area along the river last Monday into Wednesday, when the National Weather Service cited normal springtime flooding from a combination of the rain and the melting snowpack up north.

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