NORWICH – After months of debate and weeks of construction, property on Lower Ravine Road in the Town of Norwich again was compromised by last week’s flash flooding.
In June, three culvert pipes in the creek near Lex and Jamey Supensky’s home were damaged and caused the bridge to fail. The bridge serves as a driveway to the couple’s home. The Supensky’s home had minimal damage, although the nearby road and any access onto their property was destroyed.
After working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for months, it was decided at October’s town board meeting to replace the bridge exactly how it stood before the flooding in June. The culverts were ordered and construction began weeks later.
Last Wednesday, the blacktop was laid and the bridge was in the final stages of completion. As the blacktop began to set, the rains came again on Thursday. The creek once again rose and a flash flood warning was issued. The water rose over the top of the new bridge and undermined the structure. The stone was loosened, and the blacktop fell in pieces into the creek once again.
As of Friday morning, town workers and Burrell’s Excavating were coming together again to reconstruct the bridge. Burrell’s agreed to keep its blacktop plant open for an additional week so the bridges on Lower Ravine can be replaced. Norwich Highway Superintendent Stan Foulds said the bridges were built well, but additional concrete will be added to ensure the stability of the structure...