Heavy flooding closes roads in Johnsburg

JOHNSBURG - Highway crews in the town of Johnsburg have been working tirelessly all week to reopen the nearly 15 roads closed in the town due to heavy flooding from last week's rain.

All are passable again with the exception of the bridge on Harrington Road, which will be closed indefinitely pending more attention from road crews and engineers, according to highway superintendent Dan Hitchcock.

"The highway crew put in a lot of great work to get everything back open," said Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed.

The town of Johnsburg received between two and four inches of rain over the past week according to National Wether Service sources.

Flooding was seen throughout North River, Garnet Lake and Harrington Road along Route 8, according to Goodspeed.

"I have never seen this amount of flooding in such a small time period," he said. "Water covered Route 8 at one point."

The bridge on Harrington Road washed out after the creek that it crosses overflowed.

Eileen Sharp of Harrington Road lost power to her home and had over four feet of water in her basement as a result of the flooding.

The Harrington Road bridge has washed out three times over last several years and the town of Johnsburg is looking for ways to replace it altogether, according to Hitchcock.

"This is the worst it's ever been," said Sharp.

Engineers have been consulted regarding the stability of the bridge and how to best repair it. Hitchcock is looking for ways to reroute Harrington Road and avoid the bridge - making use of road that is not on the floodplain. This process, however, will take months and Harrington Road is not expected to be open again until then.

Much of the flooding on Harrington Road was increased by a beaver dam that gave way on Austin Pond.

With continued rain, highway crews are still working to secure roads and return stability to many flooded section.

"We are still checking seasonal and local roads, but we are making progress," said Hitchcock.

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