Pittsford's Cooley Bridge: a flood survivor.
Contrary to news reports appearing on WCAX-TV and in the Rutland Herald, the Town of Pittsford did not lose a single one of its four, historic covered bridges to the Aug. 28 flash flood caused by tropical storm Irene.
According to Town Clerk and Treasurer Helen McKinlay, “I guess someone, somewhere, just assumed we lost our bridges. Not true. All our covered bridges—the Hammond, Depot, Cooley, and Gorham bridges—are intact. They are survivors.”
High water reached and covered decking of three of the four 19th-century bridges.
The lowest bridges, the Depot and Cooley bridges, will probably be the last to dry out as the flood water recedes in the coming weeks.