Town and Village

Sand Hill Road flood project subject of April 18 meeting

PUTNEY-On Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Putney Public Library, the town of Putney will hold a community-wide meeting to present three possible alternatives for mitigating flood damage on Sand Hill Road and in Putney Village.

In 2022, the town received a grant from the state of Vermont Flood Resilient Community Fund to study mitigating damage from flooding in the Sacketts Brook Wetland Complex from Putney Central School to the dam behind the Putney General Store. The quality of the wetland habitat was also considered. The three proposed alternatives relate to Sand Hill Road.

The first alternative proposed is lowering the west bank of Sacketts Brook south of the bridge so that water coming down the brook can reach the floodplain south of the road. The second alternative is to increase the size of three culverts west of the Sand Hill Road bridge from 2 feet in diameter to 3 feet and replace a fourth culvert with what is called a pipe arch that will be 64 inches wide and 43 inches high. The third alternative is to remove Sand Hill Road and the bridge in the wetland area.

Fitzgerald Environmental Associates (FEA) from Colchester conducted the study and will give a presentation on the three alternatives at the April 18 meeting. Those who cannot attend the meeting in person can do so via Zoom; the Zoom link will be published on the town website,, but only those attending in-person will be able to participate in the discussion after the presentation.

More information on FEA's draft study, Sacketts Brook and Sand Hill Wetland Assessment, can be found at

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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