Date: 2021-09-02 11:48:45
The flash flood warning in Western and Central Massachusetts was extended to 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, as some area streams were still rising as of 6:45 a.m, according to the National Weather Service.
Impacted counties include: Worcester, Middlesex, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire, as doppler radar suggests flooding is already occurring.
Between 1.5 and 3 inches of rain have already fallen, though heavy rainfall has come to an end in the warning area.
“Flooding was occurring on the Mill River in Northampton. The Ware River at Gibbs Crossing and other small streams in the area were still rising,” the National Weather Service wrote. “Minor flooding remains likely along some small streams in the warning area. Urban and poor drainage flooding may take some time to gradually recede during this morning.”
Some locations that will experience flooding include Worcester, Chicopee, Westfield, Leominster, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Amherst, Northampton, Orange, Ludlow, Gardner, Hudson, South Hadley, Holden, Auburn, Easthampton, Belchertown, Northborough, Oxford and Clinton, according to the warning post.
“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the National Weather Service wrote. “In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.”