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Route 101 reopens after wash out

  • Route 101 in Dublin was closed from Route 137 all the way into Marlborough Saturday following the damage caused by Friday night’s storm. Dublin Police Department—

  • Flash floods in Dublin Friday night trapped some cars and washed out several roads. Dublin Police Department—

  • Friday night’s storm washed out several Dublin roads. Dublin Police Department—

  • Middle Hancock Road in Peterborough through Middle Road in Hancock is closed Saturday following storm damage from Friday night. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • Route 101 in Dublin was closed Saturday following Friday night's storm damage. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • Route 101 in Dublin Saturday was closed following road damage and washouts from Friday night’s storm. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • Route 101 in Dublin Saturday was closed following road damage and washouts from Friday night’s storm. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • Route 101 in Dublin Saturday was closed following road damage and washouts from Friday night’s storm. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—

  • Hancock roads were hit hard by Friday night's storm. Hancock Police Department—


Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:38PM

Update: Dublin police reported around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday that the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has confirmed Route 101 is reopened to traffic.

Dublin, Hancock and Harrisville were hit hard by Friday night’s thunder storm that came with a tornado warning from the National Weather Service and left a series of flash floods, washed out roads and stranded drivers in its wake.

The Dublin police hosted Community BBQ that was planned for Sunday was canceled police on Saturday.

Emergency responders were called to Cherry Hill Road in Harrisville at 8:37 p.m. Friday for a flash flood that had washed out the road and had trapped two occupied vehicles in the flood.

Then at 9:25 p.m. on Friday a water rescue was called for in Dublin at 551 Main Street where swift moving water had reportedly trapped vehicles in the rising flood waters.

A tornado warning was issued Friday at 7:51 p.m. The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, issued the tornado warning for East central Cheshire County and Northwestern Hillsborough County saying “a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Dublin, or near Jaffrey, moving northeast at 30 mph.”

The storm’s heavy rains closed Route 101 in Dublin. Police reported late Saturday afternoon that a large section of Route 101 was still completely closed to thru traffic.

“If you are traveling to the Peterborough or Keene area please use Routes 202 and 124 through Jaffrey and Marlborough. NH DOT crews are working to get the road back open. Please use caution on side streets as many of them are undermined along the shoulders from the water and covered with gravel and debris,” Dublin police said.

The Dublin Highway Department is working to get the impassable town roads open, police said, including the dirt section of Old Marlborough Road and Macveagh Road. Police reported Saturday afternoon that East Harrisville Road, Cobb Meadow Road and Gerry Road were reopened.

Dublin police reported around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday that the NH Department of Transportation confirmed Route 101 was reopened to traffic.

Saturday morning in Hancock, police reported Evergreen, Knights Farm and Jaquith roads were closed with sections of Antrim and Old Dublin roads closed. Middle Road was closed between Vatcher Road and the Kennel Road.

State and town road crews worked throughout the day to repair the roads, police said, but Duncan, Middle and Birch roads were still impassable, police said.

Hancock Police Chief Andrew Wood urged motorists Saturday to avoid the closed roads and to observe cones and barriers.

“They don’t want to go around closed roads. They want to avoid anything that has cones or anything else up because there is a reason the cones and the barricades are there. Especially the one on Middle Road – that’s 15 20 feet deep so if someone were to avoid the cones there or go past the cones they are going to crash their car,” Wood said. “Middle Road is going to be closed for sometime, maybe days, maybe weeks.”

Wood said he has never seen the roads in Hancock washed out this severely before.