Spring Rains and Rising Water

Springs Brook burbled merrily beneath the bog bridge at the end of Lantern Lane on Friday – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved

By Julie McCay Turner

With the severe drought that has plagued New England, the rising waters of a normal spring haven’t been seen over the past several years. With 1.3 inches of rain falling in Bedford on Thursday, local streams and rivers are full.

Sand bags, and sand, wait near the entrance to Springs Brook Park – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved

The Bedford Police tweeted on Friday morning that a supply of sand and sandbags is available near the entrance to Springs Brook Park for residents with water issues. Those in need of sandbags are cautioned to bring their own shovels.

DPW Engineer Adrienne St. John noted on Friday, “Here in Bedford, the Shawsheen River in Bedford has started to recede, but the Concord River isn’t expected to peak for another few days.”

The Shawsheen River typically crests beyond its banks each year, and because of its smaller watershed, is quick to rise and then recede. With a wider floodplain and watershed, the Concord River is slower to crest and takes a longer time to return to normal.




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