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Windham Co. bridges collapse after flooding stranding 6 families: Official

A local official said the flooding was "unprecedented."

SCOTLAND, Connecticut — Six families in Scotland, Conn., are stranded after two bridges collapsed due to flooding on Wednesday.

The bridges that collapsed on Brook Road after “unprecedented flood,” First Selectman Gary Greenberg said.

A third bridge is also severely damaged on Bass Road, according to Greenberg. 

"It's definitely frustrating because the bridge looks like it's okay, but it's not. There's a sinkhole and I reached my hand down and I could get all the way down to my shoulder and I couldn't touch, so I knew I was just laying on air and asphalt," said Ethan Delaney of Scotland.

The collapse and damage all happened between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The heavy rain left eight to ten inches of water on top of the bridges which led to the collapse.

"It's terrifying too because I drive this road every day and if I had been driving on it while it had fallen or anything, it's a little terrifying. If I had my daughter with me too, it's like oh my God," said Kimberly Harper of Scotland.

The city is working to put temporary bridges in place and the families have been told to evacuate their homes in the meantime. The school district has been notified as there are children in some of the families.

"We've got a landowner who owns land between the damaged bridges and another road that's open and he's got a cornfield and he's allowing us to transport people through his cornfield to the other road," said Greenberg.

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School was canceled Thursday and the town is unsure if it will resume on Friday.

It was not immediately clear how long it would take for the temporary bridges to be constructed.

Greenberg stated bridges of this nature cost three and a half million dollars, so with three bridges it may cost well over $10 million.

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