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June 30, 2013

Some Elizabethtown roads open again

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“When you live in a place like this, in the Park, you’re accustomed to some hardships.”

Elizabethtown Town Councilman Ben Morris said that he had spoken with some people who serve as caretakers for property on Hurricane Mountain Lane. The caretakers made it up to the Hurricane Mountain Lane, partly by four-wheelers and partly by walking, and checked in with people who were stranded.

“Everybody was okay.”

Morris noted that even by Friday afternoon, conditions seemed to be better.

“I went down to the village just a few hours after we closed things down, and things had let up dramatically. The rivers seemed to have gone down five or six feet in just a few hours, once the rain stopped,” he said, referring to the Boquet River and to its tributaries, such as Barton Creek.

He said that he had not received any reports of major damage in the village.

However, there was damage on side roads — especially dirt roads — and private contractors were being hired to “haul some gravel up there” to refurbish them.

On Saturday, Jaquish was at work on a preliminary damage assessment.

“Every county is asked to add up how much damage they’ve had,” he explained, adding that there was “significant” damage to Hurricane Mountain Lane as well as some other roadways.

He also noted that while the flooding had abated, conditions in the immediate future would depend on whether the area continued to receive heavy rain.

“It’s all up to Mother Nature now,” Jaquish said.

Likewise, Morris sounded a cautionary note: “If the rain had kept up for a few more hours, we would have been in real big trouble.

“We need to remember that it could be worse down the line. The worst flood in Elizabethtown is one we probably haven’t seen yet.”

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