Will Derby Line sink into the Tomi­fo­bia ?

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff

Stanstead’s si­amese town, Derby Line in Ver­mont, is ap­ply­ing for a grant to help pay for work needed to shore up the slump­ing cliff of the town’s Ceme­tery which shed tons of ma­te­rial into the Tomi­fo­bia river this spring dur­ing the tor­ren­tial rain­fall. The river, be­hind the old But­ter­field build­ings, is full of de­bris and looks like a stream when, a cou­ple of years ago, it looked like a lake.

The Derby Board of Select­men, of­fi­cially this is the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment of Derby Line, has asked for an emer­gency wa­ter­shed pro­tec­tion pro­gram grant. The pres­i­dent of the ceme­tery com­mis­sion, Harry Porter, told the Cale­do­nian Record, last month, that the grant may be avail­able be­cause the ero­sion has been wors­ened by this year’s spring flood­ing.

An­other concern fac­ing the Board is the pro­posed gas sta­tion that would be lo­cated be­fore the Cus­toms of­fice in Derby Line. Keith Bea­dle, a trustee of Derby Line, told the Stanstead Jour­nal that they are wor­ried that if the de­mo­li­tion per­mit is awarded to de­mol­ish the build­ings, de­bris may reach the Tomi­fo­bia River.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

The erod­ing banks on the Amer­i­can side of the Tomi­fo­bia and the huge amount of de­bris and set­tle­ment in the river.

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