Flooding forces police to close Five Corners


On the first sunny day in close to a week, Five Corners in Vineyard Haven was closed due to flooding. It appears that overnight rain from another nor’easter overwhelmed drainage at the intersection.

“Five corners is impassable at this time,” the Tisbury Police posted Sunday morning. “3 cars have already stalled in the water. Please seek alternate routes until the water recedes. You can use Main St. to access the Steamship Authority. Cruisers and Mass State Highway are blocking the intersection. Thank you for your understanding.”

Just before 1 pm, the police updated the post to say that while the intersection is back open, Beach Road has only one lane open.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has been working on sidewalks and drainage on the road for much of the fall.

A spokeswoman for MassDOT did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Meanwhile, 15 customers on the Island still are without power as of Sunday afternoon, according to MEMA’s outage map. And a lane on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road was blocked because of a dangling tree limb.


  1. I guess innumerable lawsuits and a missing lethal service weapon was not enough to see the Tisbury Police shut down the Department for retraining and a thorough search of Water St and Officers residences.
    Always better to deflect attention to the closing of Five Corners.

  2. good thing Union st got changed to one way out a few years ago.
    I wonder why there was so much opposition to that idea ?
    Does anybody remember ?

  3. A comment on the barricades closing down Five Corners on Sunday- I was heading towards Vineyard Haven after visiting a friend in the hospital. I had gotten there from West Tisbury via Barnes Road so didn’t know of the closure. It would have been really helpful if a sign had been placed at the bridge saying something like “Detour Road Closed Ahead” Instead everyone, including me, got to the barricades in front of the MV Times office and had to turn around and head back to Oak Bluffs! Really poor planning. Well, really no planning whatsoever.

  4. Five corners being flooded is nothing new… why did Tisbury get a new road and no one thought to fix the flooding issue at the same time?

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