A rift is evident in the River Road in Caribou on May 10. The deterioration began in late April when flooding and runoff from rain and melting snow saturated the soil under the roadway causing it to crack and split. A quarter-mile section of the road remains closed to traffic while city and county officials seek federal help in resolving the problem. Credit: Christopher Bouchard | Aroostook Republican

City councilors voted Tuesday night to reimburse four homeowners living on the currently deteriorating River Road up to $1,000 a month in expenses to relocate until the city can figure out what needs to be done.

Problems with the River Road began in late April, when rain and runoff ate away at the soil underneath and undermined the integrity of the roadway, which runs parallel to the Aroostook River. The damage has worsened since then, creating a rift in the pavement, which now looks as though it was struck by an earthquake.

According to Aroostook EMA Director Darren Woods, preliminary damage estimates to the road total roughly $2.5 million. As a result, he and municipal officials are seeking federal assistance to help resolve the issue.

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