During Tropical Storm Irene, a portion of River Road in Winhall was washed away in the flood waters. Following Tropical Storm Irene, large stone fill was added to repair the roadbed. These large rock additions were placed in such a way, as to encroach on the natural width of the river. When the river is squeezed in this way, the river’s southern bank is eroded, water quality decreased, and floodplain access reduced for mitigating future flood events.
BCCD is currently working with the Town of Winhall and VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation to find the best solution to this problem. We are hoping to remove the encroaching fill and replace it with a stacked stone wall that will allow the river to largely return to its natural width. These actions will provide better resiliency for future floods and improve habitat for native fish and other species.