This morning at 11:00 a.m. Mayor Murphy held an on-site meeting for residents of Chinmoy Lane so they could get an update on the culvert washout that isolated them from the rest of Town. Together with Mike Zarba, Director of Public Works, Chief Shawn Boyne and Public Works Aide Laurene Beattie, they described the work that has been done and the current "emergency plans."
The work that's been done to get access to Town roads for these residents is nothing less than spectacular. In about 36 hours, tireless workers built a road on property between Chinmoy and West Meetinghouse. It's a bit steep but it works!
Think about it. Engineering, permits, tree cutting, excavation, hauling. All done in just a few days. Bravo! Of course, this could not have been done without the cooperation and generosity of the Gold Family, owners of the property on which this temporary road was built.
Although the exact cause of the washout may never be known, Mike Zarba explained that it is likely that trees washing downstream came to rest on the sides of the culvert and debris began to collect putting a huge strain on the sides. The collapse from the weight was inevitable.
Those in attendance showed their appreciation for the Town's efforts by giving a hearty round of applause.
The pictures that I have seen in the newspapers don't sufficiently reflect the conditions. Take a look at this first picture to get a better idea.
Parts of the temporary, 100 foot bridge that will be erected over the streambed. Mike Zarba said that he hopes that it will be completed by the end of this coming week.