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Downed lines, floods follow rain and wind

  • Matthew Goen of Greenfield stands in a washout by his house on Coach Road. —Courtesy photo

  • A section of Route 202 in Peterborough flooded after a powerful storm slammed the region Sunday, Oct. 30, 2017 that continued raging through Monday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • A section of Route 202 in Peterborough flooded after a powerful storm slammed the region Sunday, Oct. 30, 2017 that continued raging through Monday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • A section of Route 202 in Peterborough flooded after a powerful storm slammed the region Sunday and continued raging through Monday. Staff photo by Abby Kessler

  • Heavy wind and rains led to flooding and downed wires on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Heavy wind and rains led to flooding and downed wires on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Heavy wind and rains led to flooding and downed wires on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:5AM

As they were getting calls to deal with downed trees and flooded basements resulting in the high winds and torrential downpours of Sunday night’s storm, the New Ipswich Fire Department had to deal with some flooding of their own.

About 15 years ago, the department had an extension built onto the back, and drainage issues mean that when there’s a particularly heavy rain, flooding sometimes happens in the New Ipswich department. Usually, said Fire Chief Meredith Lund, it’s just wet floors. This time, it resulted in up to an inch and a half of water in certain spots.

“When it comes as fast as it did, there’s just no place for the rain to go,” said Lund in an interview Monday.

In addition to water coming in the back, soaking part of the truck bay and the gear room, the fire station also saw water coming in the front, which Lund said is not usual.

“Our bays were full of water,” she said.

The fire crews were able to deal with the problem with Squeegees a Shop-Vac, said Lund, and by Monday afternoon, the flooding had mostly been eradicated.

“Right now, it’s mostly just wet floors,” she said.

Lund said the department also received calls on Sunday and Monday have been about impassable roads and roads that were down to one lane. As of Monday morning, there were about nine impassable roads and 12 road washouts. Lund said they received calls about four or five flooded basements in town, which started rolling in around 3 a.m. She said the worst case involved water over an electrical panel. Lund said the fire department was loaning their pumps out to residents who needed help clearing out their basements. 

New Ipswich wasn’t the only town affected by the storm, which knocked out power to hundreds in the area, flooded basements and washed out roads.

Peterborough/Sharon

“We’ve had a number of calls out, and they started around 10-11 p.m. last night,” said Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker on Monday afternoon.

“We spent most of the wee morning hours clearing trees out of the roadway, and putting out traffic cones,” agreed Police Chief Scott Guinard. “We’ve just been going from call to call to call.”

Due to a washout, the town closed East mountain Road from numbers 315 to 477. By late Monday afternoon, most other roads had been reopened, but the amount of damage to the East Mountain Road section means that it will remain closed for some time, said Guinard.

“That will be closed indefinitely at this point,” said Walker.

Two other roads remained closed on Monday afternoon – Sharon Road at the Sharon town line, and Old Jaffrey Road at the Jaffrey line, due to downed trees and wires.

In Sharon, McCoy Road, Spring Hill Road and Cross Street were all closed on Monday.

Other roads experienced minor flooding, but remained passable, including Route 202 by Noone Falls, Route 136, Gulf Road, and a portion of Sharon Road in the area of SDE and Powersbridge Road.

The ConVal School District experienced a two-hour delay on Monday.

Walker reminded residents that if they were without power and using a generator, to ensure that it is located a safe distance from the house. He also recommended that all homes have a carbon monoxide detector. 

Greenville

On Monday morning, road crews were attempting to deal with two major washouts in Greenville, according to Road Agent Tom Plourde – one on Adams Hill Road, extended about 100 yards down to Route 31, and another on Old Wilton Road by Pilgrim Foods. Those roads were closed on Monday.

“We’re unsure right now of where trees and wires might be down, because we’re working on major washouts,” said Plourde mid-morning on Monday.

The torrential rainfall also caused the river to rise, overflowing the dam behind the fire station, causing flooding in the old power building. There was also flooding on Baker Street and White Street.

Jaffrey

Only one street was closed in Jaffrey on Monday morning, according to Fire Chief David Chamberlain. There were trees and wires down on Dublin Road, causing closures between the Poole Road intersection and 398 Dublin Road. 

“There are also wires down on North Road, but the road is still passable,” said Chamberlain. “Other than that, we’ve fared pretty well.”

Mid-day on Monday, there were about 24 people without power in town, according to Chamberlain, which was about the extent of power outages in Jaffrey.

Rindge

Multiple roads in Rindge were affected by the storm, mostly due to downed trees and wires, according to Fire Chief Rick Donovan. 

Of the 11 roads affected, seven were closed: Perry Road, Hampshire Road, Goodall Road, North Street, Redgate Lane, Lake Drive, Pine Eden Road and Main Street. 

In addition to clearing trees and wires, the fire department also received at least two calls regarding basement flooding, said Donovan, for residences on Main Street and Quimby Road.

Dublin

About half the town of Dublin was still without power on Monday, said Police Chief Tim Suokko, but the town survived the storm mostly unscathed.

“A little here and there, nothing too crazy,” said Suokko when asked about storm damage.

Only two roads were closed in Dublin, with downed wires making Page Road impassable and trees and wires down on Pierce Road. 

“There are a couple of minor roads that are flooded, but they’re all still passable,” said Suokko.

Temple

Temple closed Peterborough Road and Coleburn Road on Monday following the storm, due to washouts, but by noon, Coleburn Road was able to be re-opened, said Road Agent Tim Fiske.

The two roads will need repairs, which he will undertake in the next two days, said Fiske. 

“Other than that, I’m in good shape.”

Antrim

The Antrim Police Department said they didn’t receive many weather-related calls throughout the weekend.

Pleasant Street was flooded, but passable. There were downed wires on Elm Avenue, but those were taken care of before noon on Monday.