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High Water: Not If, But When
Low-Lying Streets Near The Duck Pond The Issue
November 19, 2009
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odges Street stayed flooded for a week this time. Main Street even longer.

Going where few cars dared. A bike rests against the stairs at The Bean on Friday.

Some visiting boaters, sloshing down a watery Hodges Street the other day, asked if this high water in the streets happened often. Our wind tide was explained, that it happens a couple of times a year, when the wind blows from the north and pushes water up our creeks and harbor.

A golf cart plows thru the waters of Hodges Street. The driver was distributing milk bones to dogs, despite the flooded conditions Sunday. .

Usually those water levels drop after a day or two. This one held on for a full week.

Hodges Street as seen from the Wits End Sunday morning.

Whatever the duration, it’s a fact of life in the village, that when north winds blow, water will flood the lower-lying streets. In particular, Hodges near the Town Dock and, a block away, Main Street between the two sections of the Duck Pond. Main Street floods more often because the asphalt road is not that much higher than the two sections of Duck Pond on either side of its pavement.

Main Street. The street — when it’s not submerged — divides the upper and lower Duck Pond. When it floods, it all becomes one.

There has been talk over the years of getting rid of the problem by getting rid of the road — that is, removing those few dozen feet of Main Street asphalt and letting the Duck Pond flow more freely. That would also mean no more vehicular traffic could pass on Main between South Water and Factory. A pedestrian bridge for walkers and cyclists has been mentioned.

A yard near Main Street, where fallen bald cypress foliage shared the ground with water on Friday.

At last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting – before the most recent round of flooding began – Commissioner Candy Bohmert raised the issue again. She said that if the town wanted to proceed with removing Main Street’s asphalt at the Duck Pond, it would need to pay $400 for a CAMA permit. She said that removing the roadway there would get the Duck Pond opened up.

Water, water, everywhere. Hodges Street – submerged in foreground — and the Town Dock and Oriental harbor, beyond.

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Posted Thursday November 19, 2009 by Melinda Penkava

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