Kerry, Frank seek funds to remove Taunton dam


Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Barney Frank are seeking federal help to remove a Taunton dam that they said poses economic and environmental risks to the southeastern Massachusetts city.

In 2005, floodwaters pummeled the then 173-year-old Whittenton Pond Dam threatening the downtown area and closing businesses, highways and schools. Two-thousand people were temporarily evacuated.

Workers ultimately replaced the structure by pouring tons of boulders and rocks at the foot of the dam.

Now Kerry and Frank said those repairs have since deteriorated and removing the entire structure is the only safe and cost-effective option.

They’re asking for up to $500,000 from the federal government that they say is needed to finish the project.

The dam was built in 1832 to power industrial mills along the Mill River.

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