Heavy rain, wind sweep through Franklin County

  • Chickens peer out from branches of a fallen tree that struck their chicken coop in Northfield after the storm on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Chickens peer out from branches of a fallen tree that struck their chicken coop in Northfield after the storm on Monday.
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  • Chickens peer out from the debris surrounding their damaged chicken coop following a storm in Northfield on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Chickens peer out from the debris surrounding their damaged chicken coop following a storm in Northfield on Monday.
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  • Fire and police talk to a woman still in the vehicle that died as she drove it through high water under the Rail Road over Arch Street in Greenfield caused by an afternoon deluge. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Fire and police talk to a woman still in the vehicle that died as she drove it through high water under the Rail Road over Arch Street in Greenfield caused by an afternoon deluge. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Chickens peer out from branches of a fallen tree that struck their chicken coop in Northfield after the storm on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Chickens peer out from the debris surrounding their damaged chicken coop following a storm in Northfield on Monday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Fire and police talk to a woman still in the vehicle that died as she drove it through high water under the Rail Road over Arch Street in Greenfield caused by an afternoon deluge. Recorder/Paul Franz

In Franklin County, emergency departments reported little damage from the first heavy rain storm of the day, around 7 a.m., but a second storm that flashed through the county in the mid-afternoon was less gentle.

Police, firefighters, highway and utility crews scrambled to clear downed trees and wires, some of which closed roads.

In Greenfield, a driver was briefly caught in her car after attempting to cross under the Arch Street Bridge. The dip under the narrow arch is prone to flash flooding and is a perennial trap for motorists, stalling vehicles in feet of water.

Greenfield Fire Capt. William Schneider said the water wasn’t that deep, and he wasn’t sure what stopped the car, but the driver was able to get out. The storm took down wires but no serious damage was reported in Greenfield.

The storm lasted about an hour in Greenfield with the wind and rain passed and blue sky visible by 5 p.m., with light showers over the next hour.

In neighboring Gill, most of Hoeshop Road and a portion of River Road remained closed at 5:20 p.m. Gill Police Sgt. Christopher Redmond reported River Road reopened before 7 p.m.

“We just had a few trees down on wires and we just put up some barricades with the highway department until (Western Massachusetts Electric Co.) can get to them,” said Gill Fire Deputy Chief Ken Sears.

Buckland bore the brunt of the electrical damage, with WMECO reporting 303, or 30 percent of Buckland customers without power at 5:30 p.m. Elsewhere, outages were light; Greenfield’s numbers were second to Buckland’s, with seven buildings without power at 5:30 p.m. The lights came back on for most Buckland residents by 7 p.m., with outages down to 2 percent.

Northfield police reported trees down but no road closures.

A substantial length of evergreen toppled onto the roof of Anita and Roger Holloway’s backyard chicken coop on Lucky Clap Road in Northfield, breaking the roof and filling the enclosure with debris. Roger Holloway said the 50 chickens in residence were unharmed. “They’re in there, but not too happy,” he said of the birds, many of whom were pacing in and out of the damaged structure.

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