Will Derby Line sink into the Tomifobia ?
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.
The eroding banks on the American side of the Tomifobia and the huge amount of debris and settlement in the river.