MILO, Maine — The heavy rainfall in the Piscataquis County region over the past few weeks heavily damaged one road and did significant damage to others, Piscataquis County commissioners were told Tuesday.
Approximately $64,000 in damage was done to Blanchard Mountain Road when about 0.7 miles of road washed out. In addition, a washout in Willimantic caused about $13,000 in damage, a lightning strike to the Brownville sewage treatment plant caused about $1,000 damage, and flooding on Gales Road in Abbot caused about $1,500 in damage.
The damage estimates have been submitted by Tom Iverson Jr., Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency director, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement. Iverson, who did not attend the meeting Tuesday because he was conducting training in Dover-Foxcroft, said later that the county had to have had at least $56,000 in damage to be eligible for FEMA funds.
In other business, the commissioners supported a request from Greenville municipal officials to urge the Department of Transportation to make improvements to Route 15. A resolution asking the state to take action to repair the heavily traveled route to the Moosehead Lake region was signed Tuesday.
Commissioner Fred Trask suggested the county urge the DOT to repair Route 7 from Dexter to Dover-Foxcroft, another heavily traveled road that has deteriorated, and to install signs in Newport identifying the designated Mount Katahdin Trail established in 1957. That trail includes Route 7 to Dover-Foxcroft, Route 16 to Milo, Route 11 to Millinocket, and then to Baxter State Park.
Trask said the construction of Interstate 95 caused less use of the trail, but he thought more motorists might use it if they knew about it.