Monadnock region spared flooding of past storms
KEENE - The Monadnock region was still experiencing power outages due to Sandy Tuesday night, but flooding that has ravished the region in the past steered clear of the area.
"We fared very well," said Keene Fire Chief Gary Lamoureux Tuesday afternoon. "We had a couple of trees go down on houses that caused structural damage," but there were no flooded street or basements," he said. "It was a lot calmer than we expected."
About 500 PSNH customer lost power due to the storm, but by Tuesday afternoon Keene outages had been restored.A Red Cross shelter at the Keene Recreation Center took in about 15 people Monday night, but closed Tuesday.
Small towns in the region fared far worse. At one point all 876 PSNH customers in Washington were without power. That was reduced to about 300 customers by the end of the day.
And efforts to bring Hancock's PSNH customers back online made little headway Tuesday. Early Tuesday afternoon 84 percent or 863 of the 1,026 Hancock PSNH customers were without power. By the end of the day more than 60 percent of the town remained without power and roads such as Middle Road and Route 137 were closed due to down wires.
In Peterborough 20 percent of its PSNH customers remained without power Tuesday evening and several roads remained closed.
On Monday Peterborough Fire Chief Joe Lenox said a shelter would not be opened by the town since temperatures remained mild.
On Tuesday evening power outages continued in the towns of Windsor, Greenfield, Francestown, Rindge, Jaffrey Richmond, Dublin and Nelson.
By the end of the day less than 1 percent of Keene's 11,039 PSNH users were without power.
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