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Flooding Forces Evacuations in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mass. (WGGB) — Tropical Storm Irene’s heavy rain caused flooding and created a mess on the roads.

Officials in both Ashfield and Conway were concerned that the dam at the Ashfield Lake could collapse.

“If that dam breaks we can get 2 or 3 feet more water here and that would be hard to handle,” said Sue Bridge, Conway Public Information Office.

Downtown Conway was evacuated after the South River overflowed it’s banks flooding Rt. 116 and spread debris all over the road. An emergency shelter was set up at the Conway Grammar School.

“It was a little nerve racking having to evacuate. The kids were reluctant to come, we left our cat which he’ll be fine,” said Kate Winas, forced from her Conway home.

Late Sunday afternoon the water receded allowing residents to return home. Spencer Eugin-Moore of Conway watched the river come dangerously close to his house. “There is water coming down, a lot of erosion.  We thought our barn was gonna go in back there cause our barn is right on the river. We were worried we were gonna lose it,” said Spencer Eugin-Moore.

Eugin-Moore said this was the worst flooding he has seen in years.


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