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Friday, October 07, 2016

WASHOUT: Weekend circles drain

As most of the lower shore is anticipating what, if anything, Hurricane Matthew could bring, Snow Hill continues to deal with the aftermath of last week’s strong storms that left most of the north end of town under water.

Those waters have begun to recede, as the Worcester County Sheriff’s office announced Tuesday evening that Snow Hill Road north of the drawbridge was open to traffic. It had been closed by the State Highway Administration last Friday.

However, the road is not open in its entirety. A section west of Mt. Olive Road remains impassible because of a large washout, cutting the town off from Salisbury.

Also, the drawbridge is currently inoperable, and therefore closed to marine traffic, because the flooding destroyed the motor. The SHA said it would take a few weeks to repair.

“The area has a bunch of 42-inch drainage pipes that were scheduled to be replaced next year,” Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the State Highway Administration said.

That schedule has been expedited, he said, but the SHA is still waiting to see what the weather will do this weekend before making firm plans on the repair schedule.

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