Storm updates: Merrimack, Bedford road closures; Manchester shelter closed
Several roads remained closed in Bedford and Merrimack as the two towns continue to struggle to restore travel and power impacted by the Halloween snowstorm.
In Merrimack, the town listed nine roads with obstructions of one kind or another. They are:
• Bean Road at Profile.
• Woodward Road at No. 79.
• Dunloggin Drive, low wires.
• Tomahawk Drive at Baboosic Lake Road. Detour due to low wires.
• Baboosic Lake Road at Parker. Detour due to low wires.
• Baboosic Lake Road at Windsor Drive: Detour due to low wires.
• Autumn Lane.
• Forest Drive. Workers clearing trees.
• Lawrence Road. Limited lane closures due to down wires and trees.
• Bean Road. Limited lane closures due to low wires and branches.
In Bedford, many residents remain without power, and town officials said temporary road closures and detours should be expected so road crews and line crews can do their work.
Five roads are closed:
• Elk at No. 26.
• Highland Farms.
• Lynn Drive at No. 18.
• 8 Nancy Lane.
• Rosewell at No. 11.
• Seabee at No. 6.
Eighteen other roads have travel restricted because of wires or downed trees.
Manchester emergency center to close
12:03 p.m. MANCHESTER - The Manchester Emergency Shelter at Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, will close at 5:00 pm today.
Those residents needing emergency shelter will find it at Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry.
Obama declares state of emergency for New Hampshire
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declared an emergency for the state of New Hampshire, making federal disaster aid available to help with damages caused by the record-breaking October snowstorm.
The emergency declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by last weekend's storm.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.
Gov. John Lynch asked for the emergency declaration on Monday. At the height of the storm, more than 300,000 homes and businesses lost power.
Albert Lewis is the Federal Coordinating Officer for the recovery operations for the state.