Thursday’s rain caused flooding risks in western Massachusetts

Hampshire County

Thursday’s rain and warm temperatures created a mix of about two inches of rain and melting snow which resulted in flooding. Rivers and streams were high throughout the area on Friday. 

Ware saw flooding all across the town. Storm drains weren’t able to drain the water fast enough from streets and the frozen ground it couldn’t absorb the water.

Tyler Goodfield who lives along the Ware River said, “Being kind of bottom of the hill and bottom of the basin where there was water flooding all over the road and into the river it was kind of expected but I didn’t think it would get this high.”

Goodfield said that he has never seen the river that high, not even during the spring, which is peak flood season. The Ware Fire Department told 22News that they had a few calls about flooded basements.   

Although the town of Ware did see some flooding, they were anticipating it to be a lot worse. The town’s main focus now is to make sure the high water doesn’t freeze onto the roads.

Chuck Niedzwiecki Ware Highway Supervisor said, “Right now some of our guys are out sanding some of our icy spots. Here and there in the country and some of our main roads”

Niedzwiecki told 22News, the flooding was all over the town, not just near the river. Even small creeks that normally don’t overflow, were flooded into the roads. He said many residents were asking for sandbags to soak up some of the water.

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