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SHIRLEY — The deserted house in one picture looks like it’s on an island. Flooded woods in another, with trees rising from mirror-placid water, could be a Louisiana bayou.

But these snapshots were taken on Horse Pond Road.

A beaver dam on an abandoned, foreclosed property at 44 Horse Pond Road has turned wetlands into a waterway, creating a pond where the yard used to be. Backed-up water and overflow from the dam have flooded woods around the empty house. Along the side of the street the dam is on, the water has spilled over onto adjoining and low-lying land.

The beavers have plugged a drainage ditch that empties the wetlands into a culvert that runs under the road.

A once-classic New England neighborhood, with green lawns and flowering shrubs, looks more like the Florida Everglades now.

At least six properties adjacent to the dam are affected. Water is seeping into basements and has inundated yards, threatening wells and septic systems. On the abandoned property, where beavers continue to build across the sunken lawn, that may already have happened.

Joseph Przyjemski, of 58 Horse Pond Road, took the pictures. He also brought the issue to public officials’ attention via a neighborhood petition sent to the Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission and Board of Health.

The selectmen discussed the issue on May 18.

Health Board member Jackie Esielionis said her board has talked about it and is prepared to grant the necessary emergency permit to get rid of the beavers.

The question then becomes, how?

According to estimates, there are 12 of the animals and it will cost about $100 each to trap and remove them, Selectman Andy Deveau said.

“Laws state that the damaged party is basically responsible …” he said.

There also are “legal constraints,” Deveau said, including obtaining written permission from property owner, including number 44, formerly the Thompson property. But nobody lives there now, and a bank owns it.

Conservation administrator Chuck Katuska said he’s been to the site. “It’s really a problem,” he said.

Katuska said the first step is to remove the beavers. Otherwise, demolishing the dam would be unsuccessful, he said. “They’d just rebuild it.”

With the Health Board’s emergency permit granted, the Conservation Commission is prepared to approve a modification or removal plan to deal with the dam, he said.

Discussion followed about various ways to do that, with input from the audience. Some described similar problems with solutions that worked. Others noted places to go for help, such as Fish and Wildlife and the Massachusetts Trappers Association.

Katuska suggested an assessment before proceeding further.

Selectmen Chairman Enrico Cappucci suggested a trip to the site. Deveau agreed, positing that something might be rigged up, such as a grated or screened pipe that would serve as a “beaver deceiver” and might get the animals to leave.

Marcia Sullivan, a neighbor, asked if “as an addendum,” something could be done about the Thompson property. “It’s a mess!” she said.

Przyjemski later said he’s satisfied with the outcome so far.

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