USA – Severe Flooding in Massachusetts After Heavy Rain

Storms and heavy rain caused localised flooding in parts of Massachusetts on 17 July, 2018. Some areas recorded 4.52 inches (114.8 mm) of rain in less than 24 hours.

Severe flash flooding was reported in Oxford, Framingham, Worcester and Westfield, with streets under flood water up to 1 metre (3 feet) deep in some areas. Roads around Boston saw some surface flooding.

Flooding in Oxford, MA, 17 July 2018. Photo: Oxford MA Police

Overall National Weather Service (NWS) Boston figures showed a total of 79 incidents of flooding across parts of Massachusetts. NWS Boston also reported a small tornado in the town of Ashford, Connecticut.

NWS said that, in a 22 hour period between 17 and 18 July, Belchertown recorded 4.52 inches (114.8 mm) of rain, Worcester 4.15 inches (105.41mm), North Grafton 3.80 inches (96.52mm), Westfield 3.79 inches (96.26mm) and Oxford 2.20 inches (55.88 mm).

Rainfall in Massachusetts, 17 July 2018. Image: National Weather Service (NWS) Boston

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Flood Summary

Last updated: August 29, 2018
Event
Massachusetts, USA, July 2018
Date
July 17 to July 18, 2018
Type
Urban flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Oxford, , Worcester and Westfield
B - Framingham
C - Worcester
D - Westfield

Magnitude

Rainfall level
114.8 mm in 24 hours
Belchertown - July 17 to July 18, 2018
Rainfall level
105.41 mm in 24 hours
Worcester - July 17 to July 18, 2018
Rainfall level
96.52 mm in 24 hours
North Grafton - July 17 to July 18, 2018
Rainfall level
96.26 mm in 24 hours
Westfield - July 17 to July 18, 2018
Rainfall level
55.88 mm in 24 hours
Oxford - July 17 to July 18, 2018

Damages

Additional

Massachusetts - July 17 to July 18, 2018
Numerous roads were flooded and some damage to buildings and cars reported. No official figures for damage were available.