Washout from Irene waters

Flooding from Hurricane Irene eroded the approach to the Lower River Road bridge over the Mill Brook Sunday. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

CORNWALL — First Selectman Gordon Ridgway was out on Lower River Road Sunday afternoon with neighbors and town crew members. They were examining the large hole that crosses the (normally) small Mill Brook, which feeds into the Housatonic River just above the Covered Bridge.

The bridge was damaged when the footings on one end were jarred loose by flood waters and a large hole opened up in the road bed, Ridgway said. The brook carries runoff from about a quarter of the town.

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