2018-04-06 / Front Page

Digging in



A pair of April 2 photos display the condition of Beach Avenue along Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk, which was heavily damaged following the March 4 nor’easter that coincided with astronomically high tides. Town Manager Mike Pardue said he will submit a $790,000 request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, a disaster declaration that would trigger release of those funds has yet to be made. Town Engineer Chris Osterrieder said Tuesday that public works crews have carted away damaged pavement and broken bits of the timber sea wall, creating a work surface for when wall restoration begins. “Our initial focus is to get things back in position for the summer season, so that is why the timber wall and sidewalk areas will come first,” he said. “I expect we are going to try and get a better sense from FEMA about how quickly we need to jump into ‘permanent’ repairs. That is still an open topic of discussion as to whether we look at restoration or reconstruction. Funding is going to influence how quickly and to what degree we approach this.” (Courtesy photos) A pair of April 2 photos display the condition of Beach Avenue along Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk, which was heavily damaged following the March 4 nor’easter that coincided with astronomically high tides. Town Manager Mike Pardue said he will submit a $790,000 request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, a disaster declaration that would trigger release of those funds has yet to be made. Town Engineer Chris Osterrieder said Tuesday that public works crews have carted away damaged pavement and broken bits of the timber sea wall, creating a work surface for when wall restoration begins. “Our initial focus is to get things back in position for the summer season, so that is why the timber wall and sidewalk areas will come first,” he said. “I expect we are going to try and get a better sense from FEMA about how quickly we need to jump into ‘permanent’ repairs. That is still an open topic of discussion as to whether we look at restoration or reconstruction. Funding is going to influence how quickly and to what degree we approach this.” (Courtesy photos)

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