Northampton has a plan in place for potential hurricanes

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Hurricane Florence is on track to cause catastrophic damage to the Carolinas this weekend. 

The storm is expected to bring powerful winds and relentless rain to the region. 22News spoke to a Belchertown woman who is concerned for her father-in-law in Myrtle Beach. 

“He’s concerned, but he has a generator and tied down everything, he’s actually going to ride it out so we will see,” said Amy Fitzgerald of Belchertown.

Hurricane Florence isn’t expected to impact Western Massachusetts, but Northampton has two flood control systems in place, including the Mill River levee, to protect the city from severe flooding.

The Connecticut River levee extends from Pomeroy Terrace to Route 5. The two levees were constructed by the army corps of engineers in response to catastrophic flooding in the late 1930s. 

“These systems are in place to protect areas of Northampton that are low lying, including the downtown, and the areas along the banks of both the Connecticut and Mill Rivers,” said Donna LeScaleia, Northampton DPW Director.

LeScaleia told 22News they deployed the “stop block structures” on West Street in 2011 as a precaution for Tropical Storm Irene, which only caused minor flooding in Northampton. 

LeScaleia said they will closely monitor the levels of the CT and Mill Rivers for any potential severe weather event.

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