LINCOLN, Maine — The heavy rains and some snow that fell on Dec. 13 did $8,684 in damage townwide, with partial washouts or other damage occurring on Frost Street and Bagley Mountain, Half Township and South roads, Public Works Department Director David Lloyd said Monday.
“It really wasn’t that bad,” Lloyd said. “We would not have had an issue if we hadn’t had so much snow on the ground when the rains came. It was just too much water on the ground at the wrong time.”
The rain washed out the shoulders of parts of Frost Street after the snows from the Dec. 13 storm and earlier storms had clogged culverts, giving the water nowhere to go but along the landscape rather than into the stormwater system, Lloyd said.
Of the approximately 400 culverts in town, an estimated 350 were jammed with snow and had to be cleared, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
Lloyd’s department answered more than 25 calls for service caused by road flooding, driveway washouts and plugged culverts, Goodwin said in a statement.
“They created a lot of problems until we could get them cleared,” Lloyd said.
On Frost Street near Lane Hill, the washout of the road’s shoulder undermined nearby pavement and will have to be repaired in springtime. Public works employees will repair the shoulder with three truckloads of gravel, Goodwin said.
Damage there could have been far worse, Lloyd said.
“A Frost Street resident notified us and I was able to dispatch a crew on time to save the road,” Lloyd said. “If we would not have gotten there in another hour, we probably would have lost part of the road.”
The department has its eight plow trucks and 3,800 yards of sand and salt ready for the next snowfall. As of Monday, National Weather Service forecasts called for light snow totaling 3 inches to fall from Tuesday through Wednesday.
“I don’t think it will be much of a storm,” Lloyd said. “We will be in a better position now because we don’t have enough snow on the ground to cause the problems we had” on Dec. 13.