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IPSWICH RIVER FLOOD OF 2006

IPSWICH RIVER FLOOD OF 2006

Page last updated 5/21/2020

The Ipswich River flooded in May of 2006, prior to either Jim or I living here.  It was considered a “100 year flood” – i.e. not repeatable for another 100 years.  Imagine Jim’s surprise in 2010, 4 months after buying the condo, when the river flooded AGAIN.  It’s definitely a wake up call.  The last photos show a flood line someone noted in our basement – AT THE CEILING!  Which is why we pay $$$ for flood insurance every year.  From HistoricIpswich.org: “14 inches of rain fell between May 14 and May 16, 2006, creating the historic 2006 Mothers Day Flood.  Water flow levels in the Ipswich River were 27% higher than recorded in previous epic floods”.  From Boxford.WickedLocal.com:  “The Mothers Day Flood crest of May 2006 was 8.45 ft., 1420 cfs, a record since measurements began at the gauge in 1938”.

All flood photo credits go to Flickr user waterpixi [used without permission].

Waterpixi’s flood photos are on the left, my comparison photos of a “normal” day are on the right:

ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        view of ebsco publishing across the ipswich river

ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        the view of ebsco publishing across the ipswich river from the fish ladder walkway

view of our house during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        the front of our house on south main street in ipswich ma

view of south main street ipswich during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        the view up south main street ipswich from our driveway

our condo from across the ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        our condo as viewed from across the ipswich river and riverwalk bridge

ipswich river & fish ladder during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        what the ipswich river fish ladder usually looks like

Someone noted the water level in our basement was up to the CEILING during this flood!:

flood line in our basement from ipswich river flood of 2006        flood line in our basement from ipswich river flood of 2006

I just looked back through waterpixi’s photos from the 2006 flood and grabbed 8 more of her shots of and around our house.  At some point I’ll take comparison shots:

ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi

ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi

ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi        ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi

        ipswich river during the flood of 2006, taken by waterpixi

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