ROQUE BLUFFS — Wednesday’s storm may be a memory, but the repairs in Roque Bluffs continue after some roads were washed away.
“I was shocked at the progress these guys have made. It’s nothing short of a miracle, to be honest with you,” said Mark Raiford, a Machias resident.
Kennebec Road is a one-way access road, but Wednesday’s storms resulted in several road repairs for crews on Thursday. Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen said it will be at least three weeks before the road is fully operational.
“We’re definitely looking well into the six-figure range. It’s going to be hundreds of thousands of dollars for Machias alone,” said Kitchen.
The two sections of Kennebec Road that were damaged include a portion near Machias Christian Fellowship and another near Blueberry Road.
Machias resident Mark Raiford avoided the road completely Wednesday because of the needed road repairs.
“Yesterday we did not leave the house at all during the day,” said Raiford.
Kitchen says public works crews continue to work around the clock to get the road fully operational.
Louis Church with Hanscom Construction said the hole would be filled Thursday afternoon.
“This particular washout here, it actually washed up so much of the stream bed, I had to rebuild the bottom of the stream bed to be able to put my culverts back on something, so we’ll put the culverts back in and start filling in the road and getting it back open,” said Church.
Church said he believes there’s no issue with the structural integrity of the roads.
“Actually, the roads are in really good shape, it was just a freak of nature with flash floods and really any road can do that,” said Church.