The residents and businesses in Keene’s South Main Street area should take notice of any decisions made by the city of Keene and the owner of the Kingsbury property on Marlboro Street.
In his latest proposal to the city, owner Brian J. Thibeault plans to demolish the buildings on the property this summer. If that includes removal of the concrete bridge over Beaver Brook that supports a section of the building, it would create flooding by the brook south of Water Street, including homes, businesses and Keene State College properties.
Such severe 100-year flooding has occurred nine times in the last 88 years, or about every nine years. In the last flood, on May 31, 2012, the bridge, acting as a dam, created a huge flood pond north of Water Street, measuring 4 feet deep at the intersection of Carpenter and Church streets.
One business moved after spending up to $800,000 over 10 years on flood damage. It was estimated the flood pond contained 20 million cubic feet of water due to a 7-inch rainfall in the brook’s northern watershed. We’ve had 10-inch rainfalls all around us that would be a complete disaster if it should happen here.
Removing the bridge that’s kept the South Main Street area from flooding in the past would most certainly move the huge flood pond south to the intersection.
All flooding on Beaver Brook could be eliminated by construction of a gated Flood control dam just north of the falls. There is no other place on the brook to store that much water.
I strongly suggest all parties in the South Main Street area contact their city councilor and plan to attend the next finance committee meeting, on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.
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MAURICE F. WHITNEY
677 Court St.