Drivers are now slowly making their way down Route 9, but that wasn't the case earlier Friday.
Around 9 a.m., Essex County Emergency Services started evacuating residents on Water Street in Elizabethtown and in mobile homes nearby, after the rising Boquet River became a major concern.
"It came up in the back of our building within minutes. It was fast," said Carla Whitney, who was evacuated.
Down the road from Water Street is the brand new, one-year-old park for children, Footbridge Park, not allowing much foot traffic now. High water flooded the area. Park benches and children's play areas have been washed out. And Footbridge Park is not alone. Just two months ago, Otis Bridge was rebuilt and put into place. But now, there's no getting to the other side.
But according to officials, in weather conditions like these, people shouldn't be traveling too far in the first place.
"If you're sheltered in place with no issues, stay where you are, don't be driving all over the roadways in the county. When you drive it's where you're more in danger, driving through flooded roadways," said Don Jaquish of Essex Emergency Services.
Emergency officials say they are optimistic since flooded roads are now reopening and services are available for people who were evacuated. But for places like Footbridge Park and Otis Bridge-- it's going to be a lot of work to move past the damage.
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