Outlook for spring flooding

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So far this month temperatures have been running pretty close to average and most of the snow has melted away in the Springfield area. Typically this time of year spring flooding becomes an issue. 

“I mean it happens every spring so it’s going to happen but I don’t think it’ll be too detrimental,” said Sean O’Malley of West Springfield.

Most river levels are running about normal right now and while there is still quite a bit of snow to our north, so far flooding hasn’t been a problem.

“It doesn’t look like we’re going to have any major flooding from it. It’s not like we’re having a big melt all at once. It seems like it gets cold and then it gets warm again so I think generally we’re going to be in good shape,” said Walter Richter of Westfield.

NOAA’s latest Spring Flood Potential Outlook shows the flood potential along the Connecticut River as above average. Despite our recent stretch of dry weather, the ground is still pretty saturated from all the rain we had last year.

The rain that is on the way and the melting snow to our north will cause the rivers to rise as we head into the weekend. 

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