Beaver Blockade Leaves Hefty Road Repairs

Beaver Blockade Leaves Hefty Road Repairs

A beaver dam over a culvert leads to $100,000 plus in damage.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - The wetland hidden inside Industrial Road in St. Johnsbury is bursting with beaver blockades.

One dam though bit off more than it could chew.

“Beavers and culverts do not get together well,” St. Johnsbury town Manager John Hall said.

The dam clogged a culvert and caused the water to rise over the road.

“By the time we did realize problem the water was too high to take the dam out,” Hall said.

Half of the roadway washed away and lead to soaring repair costs for tax payers.

“Anywhere from $100,000 to $190,000,” Hall said.

There is clear evidence all over the wetland that shows just how high the water level rose. Anything under six feet was destroyed which is why town officials were worried it could have been much worse.

“We would have had 100 millions of gallons going down this little valley around one end of the country club and down behind one of the biggest manufacturers of the area,” Hall said.

The town worked to remove the beaver dam piece by piece after pumping water out of the wetland and built a makeshift rock barrier to control the flow of water.

Town officials will meet later this week to determine how to prevent another dam disaster.

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