Recent rainfall has caused the Connecticut River to rise

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The recent torrential rains have caused flash flooding, forcing the Connecticut River to rise several feet. 

When that water goes down the drains, a lot of it ends up flowing into area streams and rivers. Forcing the Connecticut River to rise several feet.

“We’re the end result of all these small streams,” said Luke Brunelle, owner of Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley.  

Despite it being safe to boat, boaters still need to be cautious.

After a storm, debris can wash off shore and end up in the water, which can cause damage to your boat.  

The owner of Brunelle’s Marina told 22News boaters need to be aware and stay alert of trees, trash and other debris. 

“You start to look at your phone a lot less. You kinda keep an eye out when you’re driving, which you should be doing anyway, but I’m saying you’re really hyper focused today,” Thom Kane, a boater from Belchertown advises.

“Looking along the horizon and down river, or up river, depending on where you’re headed. When you move with water it really doesn’t seem like a big deal, it’s when you try to work against the water is when it becomes a bigger deal,” said Kane.

Brunelle told 22News what can happen when new boaters underestimate the currents of the water.

“A lot of people that are at the docks are use to handling the current. Some of the boaters that come in, it’s their first time out there and they’re just not use to it. And I’ve had people who have actually tipped over docks and fallen off of docks and didn’t realize the water was going so fast. So, we shut our ramps as a precaution, just for today.” 

And canceled Lady B tours, resulting in thousands of dollar lost revenue. 

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