Run-off causes overflow on Brattleboro Road


HINSDALE, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Department of Transportation was at work Monday removing mud and silt from the side of portions of Brattleboro Road affected by hill run-off following a weekend of rain.

Rob Herrick of the NHDOT told the Reformer two to three inches of rainfall caused mud and silt to fill ditches off the side of the road and the ditches overflowed when they couldn't hold any more matter. He compared it to putting ice cubes and other pieces of material into a glass of water.

Herrick said water covered about a quarter of the road between the Thicket Hill Mobile Home Park entranceway and Morse Drive at one point. He said there were no reported accidents and he believes Hinsdale police officers notified the NHDOT about the problem after spotting the water on the road.

"It's a recurring problem. Every time we get heavy rain, it happens," Herrick said around 1 p.m. Monday. "It's an on-going issue."

The NHDOT had two flaggers controlling the flow of traffic, as one lane was closed down for the maintenance work.

Bill Boynton, the public information officer at NHDOT, said the assistant district engineer has mentioned a possible attempt to find a permanent solution to the issue that plagues that portion of Brattleboro Road. Boynton said a remedy could include a retention basin, but that would require approval and cooperation from nearby private landowners.


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