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Biddeford couple concerned about ducks in traffic

A Biddeford couple is concerned after seeing animals getting hit and killed by cars. (WGME)

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- A Biddeford couple is concerned after seeing animals getting hit and killed by cars.

East of the turnpike in Biddeford, there's a small pond on one side of Route 111, a wetland area on the other, and a dangerous duck crossing in the middle.

Dentist Pete Garramore says right now, several ducks are raising ducklings here, and every day he and his wife see ducks trying to make it across.

Just this morning, Garramore spotted a family of six ducks.

"So I ran out, stopped the traffic, and let the ducks cross the street,” Garramore said. “Fortunately, they all made it to the other side.”

Two years ago, the city of Biddeford put signs up to warn drivers after a duck was hit and nursed back to health. The Garramore's say ducks would normally use this culvert under the road to cross, but it's plugged.

People at the dentist office say since the signs went up, there have been fewer ducks hit by cars on Route 111 in Biddeford.

But until the culvert is cleaned out, the ducks have no choice but to cross five lanes of traffic to get from the pond side to the wetland side.

"I'd really like to see somebody do something with that culvert that's plugged," Garramore said.

Thursday, the Biddeford Public Works director checked it out, and said a crew will be out Friday to clear the storm drain.

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