Ever since heavy rains and erosion compromised the structure of the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam back in 2015, there have been many twists, turns, and cruel setbacks as everyone who has passed the near-empty pond keep wondering the same thing: when will it ever be complete?

In 2020, the initial project to build a completely new dam seemed to be a success when people finally saw water under the bridge in August of that year. Unfortunately, it was not to last as torrential rains in November caused the pond’s water to flood Route 3 for the first time in recent memory. This particular trouble was thanks to the dead vegetation clogging up the screening on the tower portion of the dam, which in turn forced the dam’s floodgates to be open. Someone, in their infinite wisdom, had not included an emergency spillway, according to the incident report.