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Flooding Washes Out Roads in Claremont

Claremont — Flash flooding from torrential rains yesterday afternoon washed out sections of three roads on Green Mountain.

At Veterans Park yesterday, where Green Mountain Road was closed to thru traffic, Public Works Director Bruce Temple said Foisy Hill Road, Cat Hole Road and the eastern part of Slab City got hit with severe washouts from the rain that came down hard around 4:30. A tree was also reported down and on wires on Cat Hole Road.

Temple said they were hoping to make the roads accessible to residents last evening but the roads would remain closed overnight and repairs would begin today. The heavy rain filled creeks and several culverts where the water rose up and flowed over the road on Old Newport Road and Green Mountain Road.

The Fire Department was also monitoring some minor flooding near Coldwell Banker on Washington Street. Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said two culverts, four to five feet in diameter, were “almost full pipe” trying to handle the water, which had backed up into a low lying area, flooding the basement of one home.

The residents, who did not want to give their names, said they saw the water coming up and raced out to get a motorcycle and truck to higher ground. A third vehicle was sitting nearly half submerged in water. However by 8 p.m., the water had receded completely.

— Patrick O’Grady