Busy Cornwall road severely damaged by heavy rain Wednesday

A road was damaged in Cornwall following heavy rain Wednesday (Courtesy Cornwall Highway Dept.).

State officials said a heavily traveled roadway in Cornwall is closed Thursday following heavy rainfall from storms on Wednesday.

According to State Rep. Brian Ohler, R-64, a section of Route 125 between Route 128 and Route 4, in Cornwall, "is closed until further notice."

Ohler said the heavy rains and flash flooding from a line of storms that swept through the state Wednesday dropped close to 5 inches of rain over a 45-minute period causing damage to the ground beneath the road.

The state department of transportation has placed a priority on this area of the road way, which connects Cornwall with Cornwall Bridge.

Ohler said about 400 feet of roadway has to be dug up and replaced.

"The power and brute force of a flash flood is often underestimated. Please, I urge residents to avoid the area. Do not attempt to negotiate through this washout. The ground underneath is severely unstable," Ohler said in a post on his Facebook page.

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