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October 30. 2012 11:59PM

Headaches, no catastrophes as storm lashes coast


Crews have been busy clearing sand from Ocean Boulevard in Hampton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)


Seaweed and other debris washed up along Ocean Boulevard in Hampton as Hurricane Sandy pounded the coastline. JASON SCHREIBER 

HAMPTON - The New Hampshire coastline took a beating from Hurricane Sandy, but the massive storm caused no significant coastal flooding problems as some had feared.

It still caused some headaches, however.

Road crews were out early Tuesday with equipment used to clear the sand and other debris that washed across Ocean Boulevard in Hampton as the powerful storm churned up the seas.

"Given what the possibilities were, we absolutely had a very positive outcome. There was very little damage," said Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan, the town's emergency management director.

Gov. John Lynch toured the beach area Tuesday afternoon to get a look at the storm's impact.

Some flooding from marshes on side streets off Ashworth Avenue was reported, but it wasn't significant, Sullivan said.

Hampton also experienced power outages from downed trees and wires, like other communities, and Unitil's restoration efforts continued Tuesday.

Officials at the Hampton River Marina also reported no problems with boats. Fire officials in Rye said boats at Rye Harbor also fared well and that overall the town only saw some downed trees.

Still, beach residents won't soon forget Sandy's intense winds that lifted shingles on some roofs, but not at the home of George Varitimos, who just replaced his shingles with new ones that can withstand 150 mph winds.

Varitimos spent Tuesday morning washing away the sand in the driveway of his oceanfront residence.

"I was just worried about things blowing off the ocean. The wind was horrendous. That was the biggest problem we had. The wind was just blowing the sand all over the place" he said.

Al Andrade visited some condominiums he's building along North Beach to make sure the new construction wasn't damaged by flooding.

"You don't know how big a storm it's going to get and where it's going to go and we're directly across the street (from the ocean). It held up well," he said of the new building.

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Jason Schreiber may be reached at jschreiber@newstote.com.


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