CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A new study shows that nearly two dozen beaver dams around Warren County in New York could wash out roads if they burst.
County officials looked at the issue at the request of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe, after his town dealt with two washouts in recent years. Monroe tells The Post-Star the washouts occur during storms when rain-swollen beaver ponds burst dams. Some ponds grow to be more than 20 acres, and thousands of gallons of water build up.
The report includes a discussion on the difficulty of handling the problem. State law doesn't allow public works officials to force landowners to remove beaver dams, unless it is within 100 feet of the road.
Officials are working to clear debris from culverts and trap if necessary.
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