Rain damage affects area roads
Five inches of rain falling in a brief period of time wreaked havoc on Castine and penobscot area roads Sunday morning, September 26, as swollen streams cut new pathways around culverts in low-lying areas, resulting in roads being closed to traffic. Above, left to right: On route 199 at the Castine line, the Dunbar road was completely under water. On Monday it was passable, but severe erosion occurred on the downstream side of the road. In penobscot, the New road was rendered impassable due to roadbed erosion and pavement collapse. An unofficial Maine Department of transportation spokesperson said that the length of time the road will be closed depends on whether the old culverts can be used or whether a larger, stronger culvert arrangement must be made to deal with water flow in that location.