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Flooding concerns result in second bridge closure in Brasher-Winthrop

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By BENNY FAIRCHILD

BRASHER FALLS - The state Department of Transportation has closed its second bridge in the hamlets of Brasher and Winthrop.

The state Route 11C bridge in downtown Brasher Falls was closed early this evening due to concerns with flooding along the St. Regis River.

Standing along the shore at Jelly Beans Riverside Campground in Brasher Falls Joan Gokey said her father, Paul Compeau, who has lived in Brasher since 1921, said he has never seen the river like it was on Tuesday.

“My dad has been here since 1921. He’s 93 and said he’s never seen it like this before,” she said.

Bill Chambers, who has lived in Brasher for 65 years said while this year’s flooding is pretty severe, he’s actually seen the river higher, and not too long ago.

“A couple years ago it was actually higher than this,” he said. “It was almost hitting the bottom of the bridge.”

Mr. Chambers said that with the water not yet hitting the bridge, he was surprised the state elected to closed it.

“I’m not an engineer, but I’m surprised they closed the bridge,” she said.

The DOT had also closed the state Route 420 extension bridge crossing the St. Regis River this morning. A portion of County Route 53 in the town of Brasher was also closed this morning.

Both bridges, as well as the stretch of county Route 53 remained closed Tuesday evening.

Ryne Martin contributed to this report.







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