Rain, snowmelt cause regional flooding

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Monday's storm brought torrential rain coupled with heavy snowmelt to again bring flooding to the Northshire leaving behind flooded roads and, in some places, damage in its wake.

Dorset was hit hard by the floodwater and Mad Tom Road washed out in places.

As of Wednesday, the area was still inaccessable from the village requiring people who lived in the area to take the long way around to get home.

Driveways were washed out or partially washed out as well, leaving people to park at the road and walk to their houses.

Among other problems in Dorset, flood waters limited Route 7 in East Dorset to one lane of traffic all day Monday but began to recede by Tuesday.

Richville Road in Manchester was again flooded between the bridge over Bourne Brook and Green Mountain Road.

That is the same area that flooded in January, when an ice jam on Bourne Brook downstream from the bridge forced the river back through a field flowing east, across Richville Road. It flooded several homes in the area and littered the road and field with large chunks of ice.

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Monday's flooding happened when Bourne Brook overflowed its banks upstream of the bride and the water formed its own channel through yards and across Richville Road. While many homes in the area certainly had wet basements, the water seemed intent on rejoining the river downstream.

Town crews tried to force vehicles to detour around the area although some — mostly larger trucks and SUVs — came through anyway around 8 a.m. with little difficulty.

Other areas that were impacted include road closures on Route 11 in Londonderry and Route 100 in Weston, as reported by the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Many local roads also had closures and detours forcing the morning commute to take just a bit longer.

There was significant field flooding in the Danby and Mount Tabor area and Route 7A south of Manchester was reduced to one lane due to a washout.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy

@manchesterjournal.com or by cell

at 802-681-6534.


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