The Army Corps of Engineers built the Springfield flood control dam between 1957–60.  The dam holds back waters to protect the downstream towns of North Springfield and Springfield from floods.  The dam certainly did it’s job during hurricane Irene as towns surrounding Springfield were flooded, but Springfield was not.

Flooding used to be a common occurrence on the Black River.  The flood of 1927 released thousands of gallons of water into the Black River, destroying homes and businesses and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.  More details about the Black River and it’s history.

The water level at the Springfield Vermont dam is going down.  The photo below shows the level one day after hurricane Irene and again, five days after the hurricane.

 

The Comtu Falls in Springfield Vermont was raging Sunday afternoon after the leading bands of hurricane Irene passed through. The water was moving so fast and furious that it was dizzying to look down.

Springfield was quite fortunate. While many of the other towns in southern Vermont were flooded, Springfield was not. In at least one town in Vermont, rescue workers went door-to-door telling people to evacuate.

Although this video shows the rage and fury of the rushing waters, Springfield residents are relieved the river didn’t rise to street level.

(NOTE: The other Springfield, VT Hurricane Irene video posted, which, at the moment, is 21 seconds long and titled “Hurricane Irene Springfield VT Massive Swollen Raging Rivers” is a direct theft of a portion of the end of this video.)

If you’d like to see what the upper portion of the falls looked like four days prior to hurricane Irene, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnIB-riZIcQ

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