10-09-2005, 03:38 PM #1
Flooding Washes Out Roads, Forces Evacuations
Keene Residents Evacauted From Parts Of City
POSTED: 8:41 am EDT October 9, 2005
UPDATED: 2:04 pm EDT October 9, 2005
Flooding in many parts of southwestern New Hampshire on Sunday washed out roads, swamped parts of towns and forced evacuations.
Gov. John Lynch declared a state of emergency Sunday morning. The governor was traveling to Germany, but he canceled the trip and is on his way back to New Hampshire. Senate President Ted Gatsas is acting governor until Lynch returns.
One death was reported after a car reportedly drove off a washed-out bridge into floodwaters in Unity. No other details were immediately available.
There was also reports that a dive team was called in to look for a missing person in the Contoocook River.
Because of the damage to roads in various locations, emergency officials urged residents to stay where they are if they do not appear to be in any danger. Crews were working to evacuate residents in threatened areas.
Anyone who is in a possible flood area is urged to seek higher ground. People should stay away from floodwaters and not try to cross flooded roadways.
National Guard troops have been activated to help deal with the flooding. One hundred troops were sent to Keene, where many residents of the east side have been evacuated. Another 400 troops are on standby to be deployed where they're needed.
The Red Cross is helping provide shelter to people evacuated because of the flooding. The Keene Recreation Center on Washington Street has been designated the shelter for Keene residents. Anyone needing assistance is asked to call the Keene Fire Department at 357-9860.
Forecasters said that any small to moderate stream may be in danger of flooding, and water levels are not expected to peak until later tonight.
The Sugar River in Claremont was flooding, as was the Pemigewasett River in Plymouth and Woodstock. The Saco River in Conway was in danger of flooding as it neared 9 feet.
There were also reports of scattered power outages across the state. Some municipalities requested targeted outages to protect against electrocution danger.
It's pretty nuts here in Keene... everyone that is on campus is out taking pictures of the flooding which is just barely off campus. Classes for tomorrow are cancelled because we had Friday off so many people went home for the weekend and due to flooding they are unable to return. The college is telling all students that went home not to try and return tonight, where the 2 biggest parking lots for campus are flooded. The fields and the athletic complex are also flooded. Walmart and Shaws are closed because theres about 2 ft of water in that area. all the streets on the other side of main street are pretty flooded. Walked over to Marlboro and Water Streets and it was flood as far as I could see. There was even a guy in the middle of one of the streets in a kayak who was fishing. theres flooding all over the southeastern part of NH. The towns around my hometown, an hour and a half north east of here, are all experiancing damage due to floods as well.
10-10-2005, 10:41 AM #2
I hope you & your family are safe, safetychick... best wishes to all those in the affected area & I hope the drainage can start soon.
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