Torrential rains close area roads, flood basements
Light from the street lamps reflects off the soaked brick sidewalks along Avenue A in Turners Falls on Wednesday as a resident walks in the rain. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »
While Franklin County saw nowhere near the 13-plus inches of rain that flooded on parts of New York suburbsWednesday, flash flooding caused problems in several towns.
The National Weather Service reported 3.85 inches of rain in Greenfield on Wednesday.
Greenfield closed the Arch Street bridge preemptively in the afternoon. Cars have become stranded in flood waters under the railroad bridge during several recent rainstorms, and the town decided not to tempt fate Wednesday.
Greenfield Police said they would be checking the town’s flood-prone areas every half-hour while the flood warning remained in effect.
The north end of Wapping Road in Deerfield was also blocked off near the intersection with Routes 5 and 10 due to flooding. Montague Police had to shut down a portion of Montague City Road in the afternoon as well.
There were also several reports of downed trees and branches Wednesday, many of which fell on utility cables. Reports came from Ashfield, Charlemont, Conway, Erving, Leyden, Orange, Shutesbury and Warwick, among others.
Greenfield Fire Capt. Kyle Phelps said a Silver Street tree branch burst into flame when the heavy rains brought it in contact with the power line below, but was quickly extinguished.
Phelps said the department also helped two homeowners with their flooded basements. Firefighters don’t remove the water, he said, but will shut off power and natural gas lines to prevent water from shorting out wires and equipment or extinguishing gas pilot lights.
Firefighters in Turners Falls and Gill also responded to flooded basements.