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  • THE MUDDY RIVER FLOODS—AND RECOVERS QUICKLY!

    THE MUDDY RIVER FLOODS—AND RECOVERS QUICKLY!

    Flooded path in the Riverway the morning of September 2nd.

    THE MUDDY RIVER FLOODS—AND RECOVERS QUICKLY!24 hours later, the path is dry.
    The remnants of Hurricane Ida passed over Boston on September 2, 2021, dropping more than 4 inches of rain in neighborhoods adjacent to the Muddy River. The USGS gage at Netherlands Road recorded a maximum height of 15.24 ft, exceeding the USGS official threshold defining a “minor flood” event (15.00 ft). (Typically, during dry weather, the height of the river is approximately 8 ft at that location). During the storm, observers noted that the Riverway pedestrian path near the gage was under about 18 inches of water. After the storm, floodwaters receded quickly, and by the next day, the walkway was perfectly usable again.

    Was this expected?  Yes.

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