Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - Hello from Adams County! Jack's Mountain Bridge, Fairfield, Pa is closed due to flooding. I have not been able to get out my street (Carroll's Tract Road) which intersects with Route 116 to check on the bridge. The water is still rising - luckily I am on the higher side of the road and most of the flooding is just across from me. Haven't heard about Sach's or other 2 Adams Co. bridges. - Pam
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - I received a forwarded email message this evening from Tom Kipphorn, member of the TBCBSP, with the terrible news of the loss today of the West Paden Twin Bridge, PA-19-12, in Columbia County, PA. Yes, it was just a little over a month ago (May 25, 2006) that many of us gathered there to celebrate the refurbishment of the Twin Bridges & Park. Little did we know that day that it would be short lived. The West Paden Bridge was the Burr truss bridge and the longer of the two twin bridges and the one directly over the channel of Huntington Creek.
As most of you are aware, Pennsylvania and many states in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic region are suffering devastating flooding at the present time. It seems that two nearby cottages in the vicinity of the West Paden Bridge were swept away by the floodwaters and lodged against the bridge causing it to be destroyed as well. Please check out the website www.bentonnews.net/home.htm for a photo of the destruction.
I have not heard of any other covered bridge losses at the present time but I fear more bad news as many of the streams and rivers have not crested yet. Let's keep our fingers crossed. If you hear of any reports, I'd appreciate to hear from you. And as always, please feel free to pass this info on to those who I may not have email addresses for. - Tom Walczak