WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Department of Public Works is continuing with road repairs after a torrential storm last week brought flash floods to parts of town.
"It will be a while before everything is put right again," Director of Public Works Tim Kaiser said Friday.
Many of the town's roads were damaged after a storm the evening of Wednesday, May 29 dumped as much as 1.8 inches of rain within 30 minutes on some sections of town, according to the Environmental Analysis Lab at Williams College. Flooding caused pavement to swell, washed out sections of dirt roads and caused many residents' basements to flood.
In addition, The Spruces Mobile Home Park saw nuisance flooding, with the recreational center being affected and water on Main Street in front of the park reaching the curb.
The most dramatic damage was on Treadwell Hollow Road, where two culverts carrying a normally tame tributary of Hemlock Brook underneath the road were blown out and strewn farther downstream.
Two gashes were left in the road, which made it impossible to traverse by car.
Kaiser previously told the Transcript the culvert pipes were designed to carry 300 cubic feet of water per second, and estimated two to three times that came down the brook during the storm.
"We've installed a temporary bridge on Treadwell Hollow Road that gives us access across the two washed out culverts," Kaiser said.
Kaiser said while the total cost of repairs hasn't been calculated, the town has ordered two new culverts at a total cost of approximately $23,000.
"The cost of the pipes themselves are fairly reasonable," he said. "By the time you're done purchasing other materials, including gravel and stone, it will be considerably more."
Kaiser said he hopes work to begin as soon as possible.
"The culverts will be manufactured and possibly shipped on June 13," he said. "We're working with the Army Corps of Engineers on getting emergency certification. The process is starting, so we're hoping the pace keeps up."
Public Works has also been working steadily to address other areas in town, Kaiser said.
Petersburg Road, a dirt road which saw heavy damage and was closed following the storm, is passable again, Kaiser said. Work also continues on fixing damaged road edges on Bee Hill and Stratton roads, he said.
Kaiser said while he wasn't concerned about rain over the weekend from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, he would continue watching the situation carefully.
"It will really depend on how the tropical storm tracks," he said. "I don't believe it will be the same type of fast, intense rain that caused us problems."
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