Agency: Funds needed for river retaining wall

Posted May 05, 2009, at 9:54 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency is working with a Dover-Foxcroft businessman to secure funds to replace a retaining wall that has partially collapsed on the Piscataquis River.

The wall, owned by Carl Brackett of Dover-Foxcroft, diverts water from the property he owns at the intersection, according to Tom Iverson Jr., Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency director. Iverson updated Piscataquis County Commissioners Tuesday on the problem.

Brackett could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

“Right now, it is a concern and something has to be done before next spring,” Iverson said. “There absolutely has to be something done before flood season.” He said high waters from snowmelt and heavy rainfalls could damage the retaining wall further.

If the wall fails, a couple of businesses downstream could be at risk, including Bob’s Hardware, and a couple of homes, according to Iverson.

Iverson said he plans to work with the town and Brackett to see whether federal and state hazard mitigation funds could be used to fix it because of the extended damage it could do.

Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer is keeping a close eye on the wall to ensure the safety of the community. He said the community should be supportive and help Brackett find a way to fund the repair or replacement of the wall, he said Tuesday. Dyer, who also is the town’s EMA agent, was notified of the damage last week. He considers the project a community problem because the retaining wall helps protect historic buildings along the river.