Is Tropical Storm Michael to blame for recent rainy weather in western Mass?

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Some of the rain we’re experiencing in western Massachusetts is associated with Tropical Storm Michael, but not directly.

Even so, flooding is always a major concern for the western part of the state.

Hurricane Michael downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, leaving devastation in its wake.

As it continues to move northeast, it brings heavy rainfall.

When we have these kinds of storms, flooding is the main concern.

Especially, river flooding just as we saw the Deerfield River overflow, destroying homes and businesses along the riverbank during Tropical Storm Irene.

Back in 2016, it took three weeks to reopen the Bridge of Flowers, which separates Shelburne and Buckland.

“Natural hazards that can occur in our area and the big ones being floods from severe rain events or hurricanes,” Eric Twarog, director of Greenfield Planning and Development, told 22News. “The Green River had some significant flooding during that event.”

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