Severe weather warning & look back at 5 years ago

by Beth Melo on July 8, 2014

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Above: In July, 2009, an off Duty Marlborough Firefighter assisted Captain Joseph Mauro pushing a car disabled by the water during a flash flood. (Photo from image posted to Fire Department website)

Southborough Emergency Management issued a warning this morning:

While Southborough was pretty much spared yesterday, other parts of the state experienced significant dangerous storms. These storms resulted in significant damage most likely from downbursts or derechoes, but a quick tornado touchdown has not yet been ruled out.

Weather conditions are in place for the same scenario to play out Today and Wednesday. While the storms charted north of us yesterday, they could pop-up anywhere in the state

Please monitor weather updates and watches/warnings. SEMA will send out updates as necessary. No action is planned at this point.

The warning reminds me about the tornado warnings and preceding storm 5 years ago this week.

The storm that struck Southborough on July 7, 2009 didn’t come with a lot of hoopla. As far as I know it was just a nameless thunderstorm with a deluge of rain.

But the repercussions were felt in town throughout the summer. According to Susan’s posts that month – an estimated 4.66 inches of rain fell within 2-1/2 hours on July 7th.

As a result:

  • the library Children’s Room was flooded and had to be closed for two months while repairs were done (See Susan’s photo right)
  • rivers and stream overran roadways
  • road shoulders eroded all over town and some streets lost asphalt

To make matters worse for emergency personnel, in the midst of the storm a police officer was struck by lightening.

And the wild weather continued to July 8th with hail in town and tornado warnings as close as Hopkinton.

Below are some of the blog stories covering the storm and repercussions.

Heavy rain brings flooding, road closures, lightning strikes – This was the initial report on the deluge, damage to the library, and links to other news coverage.

Lightning strikes police station, officer injured – Story includes photos of the flooding throughout town.

Photos from Wednesday’s Storm – Photos from hail storm on the 8th of July

Children’s room at Southborough Library likely closed for multiple weeks – Details on library flooding.

Southborough DPW will be ‘cleaning up for weeks’ – Details on the damage to town roads

1 Chris July 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

And our basement flooded (>5 inches) for the first time in nearly 20 years….it was quite the rain.

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