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PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — One of southern Vermont's most heavily damaged roads from last July’s torrential rains is about to reopen.

River Road in Putney is expected to reopen next week, the contractor in charge of the project said Wednesday.

Residents have been forced to take detours since the July 19 storms, which hit Windham and Bennington Counties hard. The storms dumped more than 5 inches of rain in three hours and caused deep washouts in the road, the Bennington Banner reported.

The River Road project is costing about $345,000 and is the most expensive of the repairs the town undertook, said Putney Town Manager Karen Astley. In total, there was about $1 million in damage, equivalent to what Putney typically spends a year on its roads, she said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid 75% of the repair costs and 7.5% came from the state’s emergency relief funds, Astley said.

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