Upper Valley Flooding Causes Millions In Damages

Jul 16, 2013

City officials estimate that last week’s flooding caused $6.5 million in infrastructure damages.

Over the past week, the dollar figure for damage has continued to rise.

The most damage is on Slayton Hill Road, which was washed out and is estimated to cost $3.4 million.

The Lebanon Municipal Airport also experienced detention pond failures, road washouts and buckling pavement that will cost $1.4 million.

City Manager Greg Lewis says that the town has submitted its total projected costs to FEMA. If the town qualifies for aid, it can expect 75 percent of costs to be covered.

Lewis says in the coming months engineers, geologists and town officials will talk about how to better prepare for flooding in the future.

“Municipalities, like ours, are going to have to look at what we can do in trying to be sustainable communities and what we should do differently than we have been in light of these developments that have been happening.”

He says changing weather patterns effect on road infrastructure will become a pressing issue for all municipalities in the coming years.