Tuesday’s heavy rain flooded roads in Westfield, and it’s not the first time.
Many parts of western Massachusetts were drenched by more than 2 inches of rain Tuesday. And, while not everywhere flooded, Falcon Drive in Westfield did, and locals tell 22News it’s an ongoing problem.
Local residents have named the intersection of Falcon Drive and Southampton Road “Lake Falcon” because that’s what it looks like after big rain storms.
Tuesday’s heavy rains which prompted flood advisories across northern Connecticut caused this road in Westfield to look closer to a lake. Some vehicles even go so far to drive along the grass area next to the road to avoid the water.
“I was a little concerned when I first turned into the road because it looked like a very big puddle and I got a very low to the ground car,” said Rich Daniele. “So a big truck went through it before me so I knew I’d be alright.”
Daniele said local residents complained it happens all the time. But the Department of Public Works told 22News it’s not an easy fix.
“So we’ve got an aging infrastructure,” said Casey Berube, deputy superintendent for DPW. “There are two storm water leaching cells that once they get inundated with water, especially with heavy rain — we got 2.5 inches of rain yesterday — and it just can’t keep up.”
Berube said the DPW sent a pumping truck to clear the water right away, but they are still figuring out the long-term fix.
The DPW is limited because MassDOT controls the adjacent state highway, and private property surrounds Falcon Drive, so the challenge is where to put the water.
The Westfield River also felt the effects of Tuesday’s rain, and it was still high Wednesday morning.
But our area is done with the showers for now.