Flooding wipes out portion of Peterborough’s Main Street Bridge construction

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Flooding washed away a portion of Peterborough's Main Street bridge construction site along the Contoocook River Christmas morning. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/25/2020 4:04:26 PM

Surging Contoocook River waters swept away a portion of Peterborough’s Main Street Bridge construction during a Christmas day flood. 

Peterborough fire and police responders and employees of the Beck and Belluci construction firm were called to the scene midday Friday after flood waters washed out a portion of the embankment on the downtown side of the bridge construction, leaving equipment, lumber and propane tanks floating in the raging river. 

While an excavator parked along the riverbank was visibly submerged, the construction crew’s top priority was to remove the industrial power generator sitting on a platform in the middle of the river before downstream debris could weaken the platform’s footing further. The generator was successfully removed via crane as some townspeople stepped out of their houses into the rain to watch the Christmas day proceedings.

Peterborough fire personnel closed off the pedestrian footbridge until further notice, as the platform could potentially cause severe structural damage to the downstream bridge if it broke loose from its moorings. 


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