HINSDALE, N.H. -- The town's fire chief said Friday there was no way the washed-out portion of Route 63 would be open to traffic any earlier than Saturday.

Fire Chief Jay Matuszewski told the Reformer he went to the scene Friday afternoon and the best-case scenario is the that road is reopened Saturday afternoon.

"They still had a lot of material to haul in," he said Friday, adding that the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is handling the situation because Route 63 is state highway.

NHDOT Foreman Chris Hope told the Reformer the wash-out occurred after a 12-foot-high beaver dam breached at least a half-mile off Route 63, causing a pond to overflow and sending water roaring down a brook. He said the four-foot concrete pipe positioned under the roadway could not handle the excessive volume of water, forcing some of it flow on top of the road and breaking off chunks of it. There were no injuries.



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