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Jul 19, 2014 1:21 AM

Winchester selectmen to meet again in flood's wake

By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff

WINCHESTER — Selectmen will meet again Monday to discuss how to address the damage caused by flash flooding this week, according to town officials.
Meanwhile, as of Thursday afternoon, all but three houses on roads that were washed out could be accessed by car, Town Administrator Shelly Walker said.
The three homes are on Purcell Road, and people are able to get to them on foot, she said.
In total, at least 12 roads were damaged during the deluge late Tuesday night into Wednesday, with some of the worst being Fosgate Road, Jantti Road, Old Swanzey Road, Old Westport Road and Watson Road.
Old Westport Road remains closed as of this morning to through traffic, as a roughly 120-foot section of it is missing.
Arrangements have been made for ambulances and fire trucks to get to homes on the section of Old Westport Road that is only accessible by crossing the Coombs Bridge, Winchester Fire Chief Barry Kellom said this morning.
Ambulances can cross the covered bridge, which has a height and weight limit, but fire trucks can’t, he said.
Fire trucks responding to calls will be sent through Mitchell Sand and Gravel off Route 10 and onto Old Swanzey Road, he said. From there, they can access Old Westport Road and other connecting streets, he said.
Local and state officials continued to assess the damage Thursday, and met with town officials, Walker said.
Town officials are awaiting a cost estimate of the damage, and whether the town is eligible for any aid.
For images of the flooding’s aftermath, visit SentinelSource.com


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