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Road Damage in Storms

  • 12 Mar 2024 2:56 PM
    Message # 13328438
    Deleted user

    I posted previously about major damage to our private road in the January storm. We were hit again this past week. No repairs have been made (we are on schedule next month). 

    Our road runs right along the coast in Pemaquid Harbor. This is obviously a problem we will face again so we are beginning to consider putting a new road in behind our homes. Does anyone have suggestions for a firm or organization that can help with this big plan?

    Last modified: 12 Mar 2024 2:57 PM | Deleted user
  • 14 Mar 2024 10:36 AM
    Reply # 13329473 on 13328438
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some agencies you could try would include FEMA; MEMA; NRCS; Small Business Administration Disaster Loans; and the Knox/Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District.  Also, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has a list of grant programs.  If you were on the coast of a pond, I'd suggest your local Lake Association or applying for a grant through 23 MRS section 3106, but I don't know what the equivalent would be for seashore.  If you find any other options, (even ones that won't help you but might help someone else,) if you could share them here on the Forum, that would be great!

  • 16 Mar 2024 11:25 AM
    Reply # 13330443 on 13328438

    My recommendations to you. Plan the work and work the plan. Get many opinions and create the best affordable plan for your community.

    Potential resource to generate a plan.

    1 - Josh Platt - MES Maine. Private consultant based in Hallowell Area. I highly recommend his work. I used him in Harpswell, Maine.

    2 - Cumberland County Soil Conservation District:  For a Fee, they have generated plans for erosion control and green storm run-off measures. In the last few years they completed an erosion control plan for a populated island in Casco Bay. I have not used them. I have seen a few presentations and plans.

    Look at the Coastal Bluffs Plan.

    I know you are not in Cumberland Co. I do not know anything about the Androscoggin Co. organization.

    Consulting firms - more expensive, but may be necessary to get plans approved

    3 - GEI Consultants in Portland. GEI  completed a "climate resilient" boat ramp plan for Garrison Cove in Harpswell. The cost is estimated at over $300k. It has not been installed, but some of the same measures might be useful for a coastal private road. I have attached the Powerpoint presentaion shared with the town in 2022. There were actually 3 boat ramps in 3 different communities. Contact info in presentation.

    4 - Ransom Consultants in Portland, Maine.  They helped several coastal towns in York and Cumberland County with flood plain map appeals (my experience). The have a coastal engineering section.

    Good luck with your project.


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  • 18 Mar 2024 10:18 AM
    Reply # 13331013 on 13328438

    The asphalt on the public road we abut cracked in the recent storm as waves have started to go over it for the first time.  It is now closed. Our town (Belfast) works with OLVR associates for road condition and building expertise. If they don't service your area, they will know who does. I couldn't find their website but here is their contact info. Address290 S Main St, Winterport, ME (207) 223-2232   Good luck! 

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