River flooding expected in some part of western Massachusetts this weekend

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – This weekend’s expected rain could cause the Connecticut River to overflow its banks in some parts of western Massachusetts.

The river’s already running high, and water levels are expected to rise even more. River Road in South Hadley is one area that experiences flooding when the river overflows.

Once again, River Road might be under water this weekend. It’s been forced to shut down in previous flooding.

“If it does go underwater it’s not visible you can’t really see the road. If it gets high enough they will close it,” said South Hadley resident Dave Mazza. 

The Connecticut River is expected to rise above flood level Sunday into Monday. But some areas along the river have already seen some flooding. Gerry Geoffrion told 22News, “Well it was as high as the flag we have down here, and they are projecting this Sunday to be just as high if not higher.”

It’s important to remember that it is not safe to be swimming this time of year or even boating for that matter. Rivers currents are very strong, and there’s debris in the still dangerously cold water. 

22News will keep you updated on the rain and any potential flooding throughout the weekend.

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