Thurman endures new washouts, atop May flooding

— Just three months after flash floods ravaged virtually every road in town and destroyed several local bridges, Thurman was slammed with yet another round of washouts Sunday from Tropical Storm Irene.

Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood reported Sunday night that she’s heard the Glen Creek Bridge, and the Dippikill Bridge near Parker Cross Road have washed out.

Garnet Lake Road South near the town line and Sky Hi Road have also been ripped up by floodwaters and are impassible, she added.

Also, dozens of roadways through town have also sustained damage, she said, with their shoulders washed out and some pavement undermined.

All these roads and bridges were among the dozens destroyed in the flash floods occurring on Memorial Day weekend, when six inches of rain fell in one day’s time. Following the late-May storm, they received temporary repairs.

Sunday, as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, nearly four inches of rain fell.

But that’s not all.

For hours on Sunday, the area was pounded with winds of up to 50 miles per hour.

In Thurman, the raging winds brought down trees and tree limbs, in many cases downing power lines.

On Mud Street, power lines were brought down several times by no less than six falling trees, Wood said.

On Mountain Road and River Road, live downed power lines ignited small fires, causing public safety hazards, she said.

Sunday night, Wood reported that some Thurman residents were likely to be stranded, but they didn’t know it yet.

“It’s late, and no one wants to get out of their homes at this time and see what has happened to their roads,” she said.

“Obviously we have numerous trees down, lines down and power outages, brown outs, and trees in the lines have been reported,” Wood added as she praised the work of local firefighters and town highway workers.

Contemplating the ongoing federal governments rejection of disaster aid for the Memorial Day storms, she said this latest round of destruction would likely prompt FEMA financial aid as a separate, new disaster.

The damage in the May storms was estimated as high as $7 million, nearly 20 times the sum of the town’s annual budget — a sum that has worried local residents about their municipality's financial future.

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