What flood risks did Saturday’s rain bring?


SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Western Massachusetts saw downpours Saturday, and the heavy rain had some locals wondering whether it will clear in time for Easter Sunday.

But there is some relief in sight.

Much of Sunday is forecast to stay dry after Saturday’s rush of rain. Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties were under flood watches throughout the day in anticipation of 1 to 2 inches of rain, which, on top of an already saturated ground from the rain we’ve seen all week, made minor street flooding and minor flooding of streams likely.

For some residents, all of that rain meant a Saturday spent indoors.

“Uh, having to stay inside. Not being able to do things outside,” Rodney Durgin in Chicopee told 22News.

Even though it was one wet day across Western Massachusetts, the Connecticut River at Northampton is still below its minor flood stage.

And the river forecasts have changed quite a bit throughout the day. Minor flooding was predicted first by Sunday, then by Monday. But the forecast as of Saturday afternoon predicts we stay clear of the flood level into early next week. Either way, the water in the Oxbow Marina, and in other areas of the Connecticut River, is still pretty high. And there’s more rain on the way next week

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