CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — It got so bad at the intersection of Grattan and Montgomery Streets that police had to start directing traffic, as motorists slowly drove through Chicopee’s flooded streets.
“There are still some sections that are under water, street flooding, underpass flooding. We dispatched the fire department, waste water crews, the DPW, trying to help folks out with getting water out of their basements. It’s a citywide issue, but some areas are more affected than others,” said Mayor Michael Bissonnette.
In fact, city hall’s basement wasn’t exempt from some minor flooding, not just because of the amount of rain that fell, but because of how fast it came down.
It sent Chicopee’s water sewage treatment plant into overdrive, since some of the same pipes handle waste and storm water.
The city’s various construction projects, like the one on St. James Avenue also makes the flooding that much more difficult to deal with.
“Chicopee’s under an EPA federal court mandate to separate all the storm water pipes and sewage system. When there’s one pipe carrying both of those, the rain water overflows everything and it would usually carry human waste right into the Connecticut and Chicopee Rivers. we’ve eliminated about 80% of that,” Bissonnette Adds
Mayor Bisonette says that flooding into people’s homes and basements, and on the streets might have been much worse if the project hadn’t been going on at all.
The mayor also warns that you should be careful if you’re in areas prone to flooding, like Route 141, Willmansett Street, and Moore St.