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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Great Resource For River Flooding

The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

You can click on locations along rivers to get the current level, the river forecast and historic crests. For example. Here is the image when you click on "Falls Village", a flood prone area along the Housatonic River.

The river crested at 11.57' on Tuesday night. Now it's getting close to flood stage. But the green line (forecast) shows moderate flooding returning on Saturday with the water flowing even higher than earlier this week.

Also on the site are historical crests. Tuesday was the 5th worst flooding on record. If we hit 13' or higher on Saturday, we could rise even higher on the list.

Historical Crests
(1) 19.00 ft on 01/01/1949
(2) 18.90 ft on 08/19/1955
(3) 16.80 ft on 09/23/1938
(4) 13.00 ft on 03/20/1936
(5) 11.14 ft on 04/18/2007

The Housatonic River is the most concerning for Saturday. The Connecticut River should not be as much of an issue with minor flooding along its banks.

The Farmington River at Simsbury could also experience minor flooding on Saturday.

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