June 30, 2013

Some Elizabethtown roads open again

ELIZABETHTOWN — In an area that faced heavy flooding this week, waters were subsiding and conditions seemed to be returning to normal by Saturday morning — at least for the time being.

Some roads that had been closed in the Town of Elizabethtown had been reopened by Saturday afternoon, Highway Superintendent Mike Drew said.

“The people that I evacuated are back where they were,” Drew said.

However, several roadways were still closed Saturday, including Hurricane Mountain Lane in Elizabethtown; Trout Pond Road in Chesterfield; Alden Pond and Loukes Lane in Essex; Clark Lane in Jay; Beede Lane, Holt Road and St. Huberts Road in Keene; Carlott Road and Trout Pond Road in Lewis; and Northwoods Club Road in Minerva.

County Route 10 in Lewis was closed between Hurley Road and State Route 22 in Wadhams. The Bartlett Bridge in Keene was closed, with a detour available on the Limekiln Road. The upper portion of Lincoln Hill Lane in Jay was flooded and impassable.

Drew said that the people who were still stranded in homes on Hurricane Mountain Lane had been contacted.

“We’ve been in touch with them. If they needed anything, we could certainly get something up to them, but at this point, they’re in good shape.”

That seemed to be the assessment of Sandra Jennings, a resident on Hurricane Mountain Lane.

“I’m stranded, but I don’t think for much longer,” Jennings said. “These road guys are great.”

However, Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said that he did not expect Hurricane Mountain Lane would be reopened Saturday, noting that localized intense rainfall had caused the problems there.

“It rained four-and-a-half inches in half an hour on that mountain,” Jaquish said.

That was Thursday evening, when, Jennings said, “it was a little scary.”

However, she kept a stiff upper lip amidst the storm.

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