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Shawsheen River Flooded Monday Near Wilmington-Tewksbury Line

Wilmington Police tweeted that Whipple Road is beginning to flood near the town lines of Wilmington, Tewksbury and Billerica.

Whipple Road is beginning to flood on Monday morning. (Photo: Wilmington Police Department)
Whipple Road is beginning to flood on Monday morning. (Photo: Wilmington Police Department)
Several days of rain is beginning to take its toll on the Shawsheen River.

Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service Boston reported that the Shawsheen River in Wilmington was beginning to rise, and was expected to reach the minor flood stage later in the morning.

That proved to be true by about 9:30 a.m., as the Wilmington Police Department tweeted that Whipple Road is beginning to flood at the town line of Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Billerica.

In addition, Wilmington Police also said via Twitter that Phillips Ave. is closed from Grove Ave. to Baker Street due to flooding.

"Please use extreme caution if traveling through standing or moving water," Wilmington Police said. "Do not drive around barricades. If a road is barricaded, it has been determined that it is no longer safe for vehicular & pedestrian traffic."

Check back with Tewksbury Patch for any further updates on the flooding as they become available.
brigara March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Sean Thanks for that info. However, during the down time and awaiting to rebuild it seems like it would have been time well spent to figure it out. Road is much improved but it's unfortunate that flooding is such an issue.
Scott Burke March 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM
first this is NOT a bridge by any definition, two if Wilmington Police took this picture they weren't in Wilmington when they did, its actually Billerica/Tewksbury on this side. And you see how water is flowing over the road closest to the guard rail at bottom of the picture, the only work that was done here happened up about 150ft forward where the water is supposed to flow under the road through a giant trench.
Tom March 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM
The previous bridge had degraded enough that the guard rails were not supported. The bridge was in use for 1-3 years after that happened. It only got flagged after someone call authorities. It took awhile to find the right one because each town claimed it was in another town. Will the bridge get inspected after this flood? Since it is now known that flooding damaged the previous version of the same design.
fatty arbuckle March 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM
they always like to claim that the shawsheen is flooding in Wilmington, when in fact the river does not even pass through the town but only borders a small part, while other surrounding towns bare the brunt of the flooding, the only reason they report it this way is because there's a flood gauge on the river right at the 129 bridge, so they like to say wilmington is flooding and tend to leave out the towns that are actually much worse off!
Dan April 01, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Another Massachusetts architectural wonder. 2 1/2 years down, money from each town, and Still floods over. Good thing they had the guys who did the big dig do the job, or this would really have been a problem...Looks like another tax hike in the future to try again!!!

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