My one-liner (the sign) was taken during a different winter and would normally be an appropriate warning at this time of year. As the temperature begins to rise in March, the snow along the upper 350 miles (563 km) of the Connecticut River would start melting and the river would rise. Great River Park (the parking lot of which the sign refers) is in a flood zone. The park sits west of a levy that protects the town of East Hartford from the rising water in the spring.
Our “spring” with respect to the river, occurred in January. We received slightly over 30″ (76cm) of snow in December. In January, our temperatures rose, and that snow melted. Last week, I had an opportunity to hike the trail in Great River Park and I saw the result of that flooding. You can look through the evidence in the gallery.
The Connecticut River starts at the border between the United States and Canada. On its way south it divides Vermont and New Hampshire and then it cuts through Massachusetts and Connecticut before emptying into Long Island Sound. In Vermont and New Hampshire, the mountains along the Connecticut River Valley might still have snow. If that’s the case, we might still experience flooding. For now, we can enjoy the early signs of spring.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You cuan follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.