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This time the flood didn’t spare Addison County

A LARGE SECTION of Route 116 in Middlebury collapsed early Friday morning after water from a swollen Dow Pond near the former plastic plant flowed across the highway. Hydraulic pressure from the water blew out the underside of the road. The pond, which was still pouring a river under the roadway on Friday afternoon, receded by the weekend, and temporary pipes were set up to direct water over the closed roadway and to direct drinking water around the broken line. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn

After last week’s deluge, Middlebury should definitely qualify for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which extends federal aid for public property impacted by natural disasters, according to Middlebury Director of Public Works Planning Emmalee Cherington.

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