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Chester Still Assessing Damage After Worst Flooding Since Irene

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Chester Fire Department
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The waters raged in Chester following flash flooding on Monday.

Town officials in Chester are still assessing the damage from Monday afternoon’s flash flooding. They say more than three inches of rain fell on Chester and the Williams River, creating the worst flooding since Tropical Storm Irene hit the area almost three years ago.

Town Manager David Pisha says a number of roads have washed out and culverts are plugged.

"The river moved up on Potash Brook Road, to the extent that we will probably be constructing a new bridge just to accommodate the move in the river," Pisha says.

Pisha says one of the pump stations at the sewer plant was also affected. He says - so far - it appears there’s at least $600,000 in damage to infrastructure.  

Gov. Peter Shumlin was in Chester Wednesday morning to see the damage and meet with some of the residents.