SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – As the rain that fell Friday and early Saturday continues to run off into the Connecticut River, water levels will rise and are expected to reach very close to flood stage after midnight into early Sunday morning in Northampton.
Now that’s high enough to cause water to reach near Route 5 near the Oxbow and near homes on Island Road. High water is possible across the lower-lying sections of Southampton and parts of Hadley, particularly near Aqua Vitae Road.
Near Hatfield, the runoff already pushed the Mill River over its banks. And one man who works at the new Pride station on Russell Street in Hadley right off the Connecticut River said he noticed how high the water was, and even had to take an alternate route to work Friday.
“Bit of a pain getting to work dodging some of the street flooding, but again like I said at least we’re not shoveling it,” Bill Somers from Westfield told 22News.
Now flooding is in the forecast not only because of the rain, but it also has to do with the record-wet year we’ve seen. The ground is saturated, which means it absorbs less water so more rain runs off directly into the Connecticut River.
The high water won’t last too long, the Connecticut River water level near Northampton will slowly decline from Sunday into next week.