Beaver dam blamed for flooding in Huletts Landing

Several homes in Huletts Landing were flooded last week after a breached beaver dam released a torrent of water over County Route 6A near the Eicherville Bridge.

The dam burst around 9:45 a.m. Thursday sending thousands of gallons of water over the road, known locally as Lands End Road, and into people’s homes and yards.

The water carried mud, rocks and trees, leaving debris scattered about the dead-end road. Some of the debris even washed into the lake.

No one was injured in the flood and there was no significant structural damage reported to any homes.

Firefighters from Huletts Landing, Dresden and Whitehall responded to the scene and Lands End Road was closed for several hours as crews cleared debris and evaluated the damage.

Officials also inspected a small bridge that was inundated with flood waters.

Both the road and the bridge were inspected by an engineer and were reopened to local traffic later that afternoon. Cleanup efforts continued on Friday and the road is expected to need only minor repairs.

The water is believed to have come from a beaver pond southeast of the flooded area and the water washed down Foster Brook.

The excess rain over the past month-and-a-half is believed to have contributed to the flood. According to the National Weather Service in Albany, the region received 8.68 inches of rain in June.

State Police used a helicopter to survey the area where the flood originated and the surrounding area and determined there wasn’t a risk of additional flooding.

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