HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) –Drivers struggled through about 8 inches of water on Holyoke’s South Canal St. “I couldn’t get around in the streets. They were all flooded,” said Juan Santago.
In fact, Holyoke’s lower areas flooded as several inches of rain barreled down on the city in mere minutes. It caused at least one car to get stuck under the Sergeant St. underpass. Police say the driver continued into water not realizing how deep it was, then stopped short, while the car behind him didn’t have enough time to do the same.
For folks on the road during the downpours, getting through the mess was half the challenge. “I think everyone should maintain a distance, and be more aware because it may not even be you, it may be somebody else,” Pablo Morales stated. “Por tener un poquito de seguridad, manejar mas despacio, y mantenga control al frente, y pa tra. Con lo mas conductores, tiene que tomar precauciones para avidar un accidente,” advised Pedro Colon.
“Take a break. There’s nothing wrong. There’s no rush to be nowhere. Everything can wait. Better safe than sorry,” Santago added.
The Holyoke DPW says they try to anticipate how bad the storms are going to be, and try to store barricades near problem areas like South Canal, Cabot, and Sergeant streets.
They’ve also put permanent signs up near these areas to warn drivers of flooding severity.
MEMA warns that after a flood, you should stay away from remaining water because it could be contaminated with gas, oil, or sewage.
They also suggest that you keep your eyes peeled for small animals, like snakes, that may seek shelter in your home after the storm.