NiMo said that even opening the dam at Park Street would not relieve the flooding.
By the end of the 1982 session, it was advised that homeowners should buy flood insurance and keep valuables away from flood-prone areas of their homes.
Battling the latest Lower Park Street flooding didn’t come cheap.
But, Maneely said, the town may be eligible for reimbursement for those costs.
According to monthly logs kept by the Highway Department, either Highway Superintendent Thomas Shanty or members of his team were at Lower Park several days during late January and early February.
Shanty was first called in at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 23 after 911 dispatchers warned him about rising water. Three workers were sent over to sandbag later that day and periodically used a loader to push ice off the street in an attempt to return the river to its banks for the next few weeks.
Multiple checks continued nearly every day until Feb. 22 when the street was finally reopened to traffic.
— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.