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Ipswich River Swallows Portions of Park After Deluge

The Ipswich River has expanded almost all the way to the gazebo at Ipswich River Park. Photo credit: Les Masterson.
The Ipswich River has expanded almost all the way to the gazebo at Ipswich River Park. Photo credit: Les Masterson.
The rain we got earlier this week has caused the Ipswich River to expand and gobble up portions of land throughout North Reading. 

Parts of Ipswich River Park are usually damp in the spring, but the park's passive recreation area is now more than just a little damp -- it's under water. 

The vast majority of IRP is still usable -- and many North Reading children were out with baseball gloves and lacrosse sticks on Tuesday afternoon. The playing fields are fine. 

The passive area near the gazebo is another matter. Despite the deluge stopping more than 24 hours earlier, the path between Central Street and the gazebo, as well as the path near the passive recreation area remained impassable on Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters are not expecting any rain until possibly Saturday so the river will hopefully recede before the weekend. 

Flip through the photos to see how much the river has expanded this week. 
Ron Quinan April 02, 2014 at 07:52 AM
FYI - the town has had signs up for the past several days that the IRP fields are currently closed.

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