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October 31. 2012 7:26PM

As utilities continue to restore power, Dover-area residents take storm in stride

After weathering floods and ice storms which made the town into an island and crippled the region in the past, residents in the community remain fairly self-sufficient, according to Police Chief Gunner Foss.

While the area continues to clean up after Hurricane Sandra, there were very few calls for assistance even as power continues to be out for about a third of the town.

“This is Nottingham – people don’t ask for shelter,” Foss joked, adding some residents don’t even want emergency officials checking in on them after a storm.

Luckily, Foss said there were very few incidents in town as a result of the hurricane. He added spotted utility crews working hard to restore power to residents.

As of Wednesday afternoon, about 687 homes and businesses remain without power, according to the websites of Public Service of N.H. and N.H Electric Cooperative.

Even though other communities rescheduled trick-or-treating due to the storm, Foss said he was not worried about costumed residents who roamed the town Wednesday, as they do every Halloween.

In Madbury, about 356 PSNH customers remain in the dark while traffic continues to be detoured around a tree which is blocking Old Stage Road in the town, according to police.

While most Dover residents have power, several roads remain partially closed in the city due to the storm, mostly because of downed 0wires, according to City Manager Michal Joyal.

They include sections of Mount Vernon Road, Tolend Road, Nute Road, Oak Street, Back River Road, French Cross Road and Old Garrison Road. Other streets have reduced lanes, including: portions of Glen Hill Road and Spur Road, according to www.ci.dover.nh.us.

About 351 homes and businesses – about 14 percent – in Northwood were without power as of Wednesday afternoon, but there has been no need to establish a shelter in town, according to Northwood Fire Lt. David Wakeman.

“We definitely didn’t get hit as bad as expected,” Wakeman said, adding electrical crews are working throughout the town to restore service.

Otherwise, Wakeman said things are getting back to normal.

“As of now, all roads are passible even though there are some low-hanging trees,” Wakeman said, adding a few roads were briefly closed during the storm.

As a precaution, Northwood schools closed Monday and Tuesday and both Northwood and Strafford rescheduled trick-or-treating to Friday – from 5 to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, trick-or-treat in Dover was rescheduled to begin Saturday at 5 p.m.

For more information about outages or efforts to restore power, visit www.psnh.com or www.nhec.com.


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