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Saturday's storm damage across western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - If you were unlucky enough to be caught outside early Saturday morning in Western Massachusetts, then you likely got soaked if you didn't have the proper rain gear.

Most of the rain fell in the morning, but the day totaled over an inch of rain in Springfield.

That was enough to produce a flash flood watch for most of the Pioneer Valley through the morning, and a flood warning for areas near small streams in southwestern Hampshire and northwestern Hampden counties for a few hours.

And all that rain has to go somewhere. 

The Chicopee River is very high. But minor flooding wasn't the only result from Saturday's storms.

On top of the rain, strong winds gusting to almost 40 miles per hour toppled down trees and power lines across Hampden and Franklin counties. A tree fell onto a house and a car on Hart Road in Conway, and another fell onto a home in Springfield.

The gusty winds are also ripping more leaves off the trees, and wet leaves on roads pose a slipping hazard, similar to driving over ice in the winter. 

"Leaves, and the rain and everything has been blowing around," William Wheeler from Springfield recounted to 22News. 

And we aren't done with the rain just yet, showers are possible on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. With the ground still saturated from Saturday's round of rain, it's possible we could see pooling of water yet again, and rivers could continue to rise with the expected additional rainfall. 


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