Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Good news for those living in Redsoxville.

A 173-year-old timber dam threatening to break and flood a Massachusetts city stabilized on Wednesday, though much of the city remained closed and about 2,000 people were still under evacuation order.

The Whittenton Pond Dam in Taunton, a city of 50,000 people some 30 miles south of Boston, remained weak and authorities were concerned about forecasts for heavy rain this weekend.

"As of this morning, the situation has been described as stabilized. The water level continues to be reducing a little bit," said Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The U.S. National Weather Service warned on Tuesday that at breach of the dam could unleash a wall of water up to 6 feet high.

A flash flood warning remained in effect through Wednesday night, the weather service said in a statement issued on Wednesday morning. National Guard troops placed sandbags along the river bank.
Here's hoping the dam holds and the situation improves.


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