Hartland roads remain closed after damage from another round of flooding

Evan McClure of the Hartland (Vt.) Highway Department hand-digs debris and mud from a culvert while BJ Mattson, also of the Highway Department, takes materials out with an excavator on Monday, July 24, 2023, in Hartland. Steve Allen, the homeowner, is on the right. Allen lost his driveway after heavy rains hit on Friday. Sections of Jenneville Road, where Allen lives, were impassable due to the rain. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Evan McClure of the Hartland (Vt.) Highway Department hand-digs debris and mud from a culvert while BJ Mattson, also of the Highway Department, takes materials out with an excavator on Monday, July 24, 2023, in Hartland. Steve Allen, the homeowner, is on the right. Allen lost his driveway after heavy rains hit on Friday. Sections of Jenneville Road, where Allen lives, were impassable due to the rain. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck

Tyler Palmer of Palmer Excavation repairs a section of Town Farm Road in Hartland, Vt., on Monday, July 24, 2023. Heavy rains damaged numerous roads in the town on Friday. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Tyler Palmer of Palmer Excavation repairs a section of Town Farm Road in Hartland, Vt., on Monday, July 24, 2023. Heavy rains damaged numerous roads in the town on Friday. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

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Published: 07-24-2023 6:46 PM

HARTLAND — Several roads were seriously damaged in flooding late last week and several remained closed on Monday, according to the Hartland town website.

Hartland’s flooding damage came less than two weeks after heavy rains inundated much of the state, leading to a disaster declaration from the federal government. The town had escaped the worst of the damage from the earlier storms.

“We survived the first round,” Martin Dole, Hartland’s interim town manager, said in a phone interview Monday. But then last Friday the town saw as much as 5 inches of rain in some places, which came at a time when the ground was saturated and the culverts full.

“Unfortunately, (there was) nowhere for the water to go but over the culvert,” Dole said.

The town has called on contractors to assist in road repairs, and officials were working to document damage in order to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Some repairs could take weeks, the post said.

The town asks that people avoid traveling roads that have been closed and/or damaged by flooding to allow for the necessary work to take place.

Closed roads include Reeves Road, Best Road, Scribner Road and Shute Road. Of those, Shute and Best roads are expected to be closed until further notice. Cady Brook Trail also is closed due to flooding and there is no timeline in place for repairs.

Damaged roads include Jenneville Road, Jenne Road, Moeller Road, Densmore Road, Brownsville Road, Weed Road, Martinsville Road, Town Farm Road and Advent Road.

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The town also urges residents who had property damaged in the storm to call 211 or register online at Vermont211.org. More information is online at VEM.Vermont.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4720.