Beavers wreaking havoc on Old Saybrook road

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)–Some busy beavers have started to cause trouble for some residents in Old Saybrook.

Beavers have begun to burrow under Merritt Lane, to the point where locals say the pavement looks like it could collapse at any minute.

“This whole section of road is in jeopardy,” said resident Marvin Haltzer.

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Folks who live on Merritt Lane say since the beavers moved in they’ve done more than take down trees. The kids aren’t complaining.

“I think he’s really cool,” said Shea Zundel, as she watched a beaver hard at work. “He’s taking all of the mud and taking a whole handful and bringing it over there to make a dam.”

Haltzer says some of that mud has comes from right under the road.

He owns one of the six houses on the Old Saybrook street where he says beavers have burrowed tunnels, taking the dirt back to the dam.

“What we’re standing on now very possibly would collapse,” Haltzer said.

The town has filled in the ruts with crews keeping on top of it. But Haltzer says a more permanent solution is needed or residents could be cut off from deliveries, garbage pick-up, and help in an emergency.

“The problem here is that this is the only road in and out on Merritt Lane,” he said.

News 8 left a message with the first selectman to find out what else can be done for these folks. While they would like to see the beavers removed, they can learn to live with them as long as the road can be made safe.

“It’s wonderful to see them in the water swimming but they’re doing a lot more than that,” Haltzer said.

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