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Monday, March 22, 2010

Some Minor Flooding Possible

This is data and forecasts from The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services. I don't forecast river levels but I'll pass it on to you anyway. Because somehow, I doubt that you are regularly checking river level information. 1"-2" of rain could fall tonight into Tuesday. Normally that amount of rain is not a big deal, but river levels are already very high from our last nor'easter. So there could be some minor flooding with this next storm for rivers and streams. Here are some of the river forecasts.

The Connecticut River at Middletown is expected to crest AT flood stage.

What does that mean?
Flooding is likely in the vicinity of meadow road/RT 17A in the Gildersleeve section of Portland. A portion of this roadway will likely be closed. This includes the exchange club of Portland fairgrounds. Boating interests should prepare for a period of swift river flows during this period.

The Connecticut River at Hartford is expected to crest above flood stage.

What does that mean?
Recreational boaters should secure their boats at this time. Some docks will be inaccessible due to the river elevation...and swift river flows will make sailing conditions difficult. Minor flooding is expected in several low lying areas outside levee protection in well as downstream through Wethersfield and Glastonbury.

If the river reaches 17 Feet...
Lowland flooding is expected along the Connecticut River from Hartford through Wethersfield and Glastonbury...primarily outside of levee protection. This will affect several riverside roadways as well as several park and recreational facilities.

The Housatonic River at Stevenson Dam is expected to crest above flood stage.

What does this mean?
Water begins to affect low lying areas in the Riverside neighborhood of Oxford.

Remember, this data is current as of noon Monday afternooon. For the latest River data go to the AHPS website!

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