The Lewis town board has a lot of work still to do, but the recovery is progressing.
Members of the town board and town highway supervisor Eldred Hutchins talked about the recovery from Tropical Storm Irene during their Sept. 13 meeting.
“Seventeen town roads were closed and we went on rides throughout the town for seven straight days assessing what needed to be done,” Hutchins said to the board. “As of Sept. 13, the only one that was closed was the Jay Mountain Road.”
Hutchins said that Goff Hill was the biggest area that was hit by the storm, with a major washout.
“We spent a day-and-a-half on that project,” Hutchins said. “In all, there were over 1,700 hours of overtime in the first week for the department. We would have been deeply in the red if the state and federal government had not made this a major emergency.”
The board then issued a resolution of thanks to the highway department, as well as to the Moriah Shock crews and Jim Pulsifer for help during the recovery. Each resolution was unanimously seconded.