PHILLIPS — A beaver dam that gave way during Tuesday’s rainstorm in Franklin County caused two roads to wash out and closed a portion of Route 4 for about five hours, a Fire Department official said.

Beaver activity in Adley Pond has caused the pond to swell in size, and during a period of heavy rain Tuesday the dam gave way, Deputy Chief Jeremy O’Neil said.

The flooding washed out a portion of Route 4 near Pinkham Hill Road, carving out the sides and shoulder of the road, and also washed out the intersection at Dill Road.

The Maine Department of Transportation, the Phillips Highway Department and Maine State Police responded, O’Neil said.

The road was closed for about five hours Tuesday afternoon. It reopened around 6:15 p.m. and is safe to use, although further repairs will be needed, O’Neil said.

“(The beavers) don’t adhere to modern building codes, so when we had a significant amount of water in that body of water, the dam breached,” he said.

The Fire Department helped reroute traffic while the DOT and the Highway Department repaired the road.


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