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Temple reviewing culvert conditions

TEMPLE — The first step of a long-term plan to evaluate the town’s culverts has been completed.

This past summer, the Keene-based Southwest Region Planning Commission did a complete inventory of the town’s 32 culverts and 21 bridges.

The information will be used to determine whether or not the current stream crossings can keep up with increased stream flow during significant storm events. That information about the culverts and bridges was compiled into a report and presented to the Select Board at their meeting Tuesday night.

The state Department of Environmental Services will use the information in the coming months to identify the stream crossings in Temple that may be at risk when a major storm event increases water flow.

“The idea is to anticipate where there may be problems in future, given the increase of major storms, and improve those culverts,” said Select Board Chair John Kieley in an interview Wednesday. “We will be in touch with the state and FEMA to see what funds are available for those kinds of projects. This is a great opportunity for us to get ahead of the curve of this potential hazard.”

— By Ashley Saari

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