The Northampton Flood Control System was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) between March 1939 and June 1941. The system is designed to protect a large portion of the City against flooding from the Connecticut River and the Mill River. The City of Northampton is responsible for maintenance and operation of the Northampton Flood Control System and for maintaining compliance with standards set forth by the USACE. The USACE conducts annual inspections of the Northampton Flood Control System.
During springtime the Connecticut River frequently rises to a level that covers roads in the Meadows area. Residents in low-lying areas should become familiar with the Connecticut River gauging station website (below) where the National Weather Service will make flood crest predictions. As always, listen to local media when potential flood conditions exist. Road closures and evacuations have happened in the past and will happen again.