YEAR IN REVIEW 2021: Flood waters rip through region

  • Heavy rains washed out one side of Old Town Farm Road in Peterborough. Staff file photo by Ben Conant

  • Heavy rains washed out one side of Old Town Farm Road in Peterborough. Staff file photo by Ben Conant

  • Heavy rains washed out one side of Old Town Farm Road in Peterborough. Staff file photo by Ben Conant

  • Heavy rains washed out one side of Old Town Farm Road in Peterborough. Staff file photo by Ben Conant

  • Heavy rains washed out one side of Old Town Farm Road in Peterborough. Staff file photo by Ben Conant

  • The Contoocook River roars over Noone Falls in Peterborough. Staff file photo by Ben Conant

  • The water level was high on the Contoocook River in Bennington after recent storms hit the Monadnock region. Photo by Gary Klar

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/28/2021 8:15:38 AM
Modified: 12/28/2021 8:15:11 AM

Harvey Sawyer, owner of Silver Ranch Airpark, said a weekend storm that dumped 7.63 inches of rain on the region in July was “of epic proportions.”

“In my memory, I’ve never seen so much water all at once,” Sawyer said. “We have a lake where we usually have a pond.”

Culverts on Letourneau Drive in Jaffrey were damaged, and several roads in Jaffrey and Peterborough remained partially closed until Monday. In Peterborough, there were major washouts and damage on Windy Row, Prospect Street, Old Jaffrey Road and Old Town Farm Road, according to Fire Chief Ed Walker.

“About 200 feet of Old Town Farm Road washed away completely,” Walker said. “The main issue with that road is it is a dead-end road. There is no other way out. With Old Jaffrey Road, while it’s inconvenient, you can drive around and come at it another way.”

Chip Mangini of Old Jaffrey Road said his backyard was under a huge amount of water, at least 6 to 8feet, and the flood waters came to within a few feet of his back door.

“I have never seen this before, ever,” Mangini said. “I’ve lived here for five years, and we’ve never had this problem.”

The Contoocook River swelled past its banks, which John Kaufhold, owner of Peterborough Marble and Granite Works on Concord Street said isn’t all that unusual, but typically only after a spring snow melt or during the fall, when New Hampshire can see large storms and remnants of hurricanes.

“For July, it’s very rare,” said Kaufhold, whose business abuts the river. “I don’t think I’ve seen it in my 60 years here. Not so much all at once.”

In Bennington, flooding crossed North Bennington Road from the iron bridge to the town line, according to Fire Chief David Foster, but the Contoocook didn’t crest the banks in town. North Bennington Road was the only road that faced major flooding, Foster said, and the Fire Department received about a half-dozen reports of trees on wires, but there was only minor damage.

“Bennington fared pretty well,” Foster said.

The storm also disrupted Hillfest, a major Christian music festival in New Ipswich. After a 2020 cancellation due to COVID-19, the festival returned this year, but had to be ended early due to torrential rain and lightning.


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