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Etown works on washed out road

Damage to Hurricane Mountain Lane in Elizabethtown.

Damage to Hurricane Mountain Lane in Elizabethtown.

— Heavy rainfalls and rising rivers led to road closures all over Essex County Friday, June 28.

Elizabethtown Supervisor, Margaret Bartley, wrote in an email that the worst damage from the storm occurred on Hurricane Mountain Lane. Almost two miles of road, from the Caulkin/Lord Cemetery to the hiking trailhead for Hurricane Mountain was washed out by water that overflowed the ditches and culverts. Damage extended beyond the limits of the town road onto a private road that serves two homes.

“The damage that water can do is often hard to comprehend,” she said. “There are no sizable streams or brooks along the Hurricane Mountain Lane, but water running off the mountain did damage so severe that families living near the end of the road, were still unable to get out on Sunday night.”

The town highway workers were in contact with these families and a friend with a four-wheeler brought them groceries Bartley wrote.

The Town Highway department worked 12 hours on Saturday and part of Sunday bringing in over 100 dump truck loads of rock and fill dirt to create an emergency road that would allow a car to get in and out Bartley wrote. Neighboring town highway departments and a private hauler also provided help Bartley wrote.

On July 1, a Town and County Disaster Assessment team visited all damaged sites to estimate the cost of repair. Information about damage and approximate cost to private property by this storm should be forwarded to the Town Hall, etown@etownny.com, as soon as possible to be sent to Albany and Washington.

Bartley wrote these numbers will determine whether the Town and County will receive any financial aid to help with the cost of the repairs.

On June 28, Route 9 near New Russia was closed as well as River Street in downtown Elizabethtown.

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