Superstorm Sandy topples trees, knocks over power lines
According to Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), the storm resulted in the fourth-highest number of outages in its history, at 137,000 statewide, surpassing the 125,000 that were caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The company said as of late Tuesday, Oct. 30, approximately 93,000 households in New Hampshire remained without power, and 75 line crews from Hydro-Quebec were set to arrive in the state by the end of the week.
The Goffstown Police Emergency Operations Center opened at 10 a.m. Monday in anticipation of the storm’s arrival.
Extra phone and computer equipment was set up at the department to field calls from residents as the storm progressed.
According to police Capt. Robert Browne, areas most likely to flood were monitored carefully, and the Department of Public Works kept crews working overnight Monday to clear debris from the roadways.
“We’re prone to flooding in Goffstown, so we monitored our low-lying areas,” Browne said, but noted that water levels stayed low in the area, reducing flooding concerns.
As of Tuesday morning, approximately 1,660 residents were without power, Browne said, and seven roads were impassible due to wires falling across them.
School in Goffstown was cancelled both Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30.
Superintendent Stacy Buckley said school was called off early Tuesday morning because not all schools had power.
Buckley said the district had a conference call Monday at 6 p.m. with the state, and towns were told that if they didn’t have power at the time they would not likely have it by Tuesday morning.
“That is why many people canceled last night – they knew they didn’t have power already,” Buckley said in an email.
As of closing time at the SAU on Ocxt. 29, all school buildings had power, but early Tuesday morning Mountain View Middle School had no electricity, prompting the decision to close school.
School was in session Wednesday, but the annual Halloween parade at Maple Avenue Elementary School that was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was canceled due to continued inclement weather, and Buckley said there are no plans to reschedule it.
“With power still out in Goffstown, the police and fire departments are still working hard and could also not provide us with all of the supports we need to have this happen,” Buckley said.
According to Tim Redmond, director of Public Works in Weare, several roads were still blocked as of Tuesday night, Oct. 30.
While some roads – Flanders Memorial, Colby, Bart, Clough and River roads – were somewhat passable because they only involved low-lying wires, Clough Park Road had a large pine tree fall across it, and it remained completely impassable as of late Tuesday.
Redmond said there were no road washouts, and DPW workers were out through the duration of the storm, cleaning up debris and checking roads.
“We’ve cleaned up a bunch of things ourselves, but we have to wait for PSNH for some of it,” he said. “We’re doing what we can with what there is available to work on.”
Dunbarton perhaps fared the best of all, with road agent Jeff Crosby indicating that all roads in town were open as of Oct. 30.
“There was very little damage,” Crosby said, and while a few power lines were down, he anticipated that they would be fixed quickly.
“We were just fortunate,” Crosby said, adding that he wasn’t sure the storm lived up to its hype, at least in Dunbarton. “I was just glad it didn’t turn out to be worse,” he said.
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