CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After a dry day, we’ve started to notice our river levels dropping.
The term “flood stage” has been used a lot lately due to recent minor flooding along portions of the Connecticut River. Don’t let it confuse you. Flood stage is basically the river level at which a degree of flooding is observed.
Below the flood stage, you don’t get flooding.
Once the river rises to minor flood stage or minor flooding level you start to observe flooding and that’s mostly what we’ve been dealing with lately along portions of the Connecticut River.
If the river continues to rise, it can reach moderate and then major flood stage and you get more significant impacts from flooding.
River Flood Warning April 23 at 9:48PM EDT
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT NORTHAMPTON. * UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING…OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 9:00 PM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 112.1 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 112.0 FEET. * FORECAST…THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. * IMPACT…AT 112.0 FEET…LOWLAND FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN AND AROUND NORTHAMPTON INCLUDING LOW LYING SECTIONS OF THE OXBOW. MINOR FLOODING AFFECTS HADLEY ALONG AQUA VITAE ROAD. IN HATFIELD, FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN THE LOWEST LYING SECTIONS, PRIMARILY FARMING INTERESTS OUTSIDE FLOOD DIKE PROTECTION.
River Flood Warning April 24 at 11:47AM EDT
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT THOMPSONVILLE. * UNTIL THIS EVENING…OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 11:01 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 15.1 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 15.0 FEET. * FORECAST…THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY THIS AFTERNOON. * IMPACT…AT 15.0 FEET…LOWLAND FLOODING WILL BEGIN ALONG THE CONNECTICUT RIVER NEAR THOMPSONVILLE.