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‘It was a beautiful structure;’ collapse imperils future of historic Red Bridge hydro plant in Wilbraham

Dec 23, 2023

Wilbraham officials await an engineering report before deciding the fate of the power house at the Red Bridge hydroelectric station on the Chicopee River following a partial collapse in August. (Don Treeger / The Republican).

WILBRAHAM – Firefighters and a building official were back at the Red Bridge hydroelectric site Monday, checking on conditions as they await an engineering report from the generation station’s owners to evaluate damage from last week’s partial collapse of the historic structure.

“We can’t enter the building,” Wilbraham Building Inspector John Walsh said Monday. “If anything else collapses on the building it would be very, very, dangerous.”

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