Significant storm damage closes portion of Black Mountain Road


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BRATTLEBORO — After Wednesday night's storm, parts of Black Mountain Road are closed until further notice.

Sections of road between Kipling Road and Dickenson Road were damaged and only worsened Thursday morning, according to a press release issued from the Town Manager's Office on Thursday. The damage was considered significant.

"State and Town personnel are assessing the extent of the damage and will develop a plan for addressing it," the document said, noting a short detour was set up around the closed area. "While the heavy rain and wind last night kept Fire Department and Department of Public Works crews busy throughout the night, all other damage to public infrastructure was minor."

Both departments were mostly addressing issues involving basement flooding and road damage. Also reported were "severe stream backups" at several locations which required clearing of culverts on Wednesday night. The police department assisted.

The most severe damage occurred near the Black Mountain Trailer Park, causing a 15-minute closure of Interstate 91 between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The flooding at the culverts was not related to road damage further up Black Mountain Road, the press release stated.

"The sewage treatment plant operated at full capacity for a period during the night, at a flow rate that is four times greater than the normal daily flow rate and double the normal rainstorm flow rate. No damage or operational issues were noted at the plant," the office said. "Some of the minor isolated roadway damage occurred on Bonnyvale Road."

Inspection of the retaining wall on that road, near the Western Avenue intersection, is expected to occur on Wednesday. This will determine whether any remedial work is necessary before the wall is replaced during the upcoming construction season, the office said.

Contact Chris Mays at or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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