Region weathered Hurricane Sandy well
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12 percent, or 761, of Hooksett’s 6,472 PSNH customers were without power. Short of the outages, however, Hooksett officials encountered no serious issues during or after the storm. As of Oct. 31, the only road closed in town was Farmer Road.
Hooksett Town Administrator Dr. Dean Shankle Jr. touted the relative lack of incidents in town as a mark of preparation.
“We spent a lot of time preparing, and that paid off,” said Shankle.
“During the storm, everything worked the way it was supposed to. Highway was out most of the night, fire were out, police. We got together earlier (Monday) morning and everyone knew where everything was and doing everything they could. When you’re prepared, it’s easy to take care of things.”
There were also no reported flooding incidents in the town. The Hooksett Kmart, where a new drainage system was installed after the store’s parking lot suffered severe flooding during a 2011 storm, passed the night without incident.
As a precautionary measure, the Hooksett Town Hall gym was converted into a shelter and warming center for residents without power, but no requests for shelter were reported.
In Epsom, Jug City Road and Martin Hill Road were closed for some time due to fallen trees and wires, but both have since reopened.
“We’ve been experiencing what everyone’s been experiencing,” said Police Chief Wayne Preve. “Otherwise we’ve been pretty good.”
A shelter was set up but was not used. As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4 percent, or 25, of Epsom’s 601 PSNH customers were without power.
The Suncook River, which has been known to flood easily, also appears to be holding steady.
“We’ve been keeping an eye on that,” said Preve. “Knock on wood, but right now it’s high – but there’s no flooding.”
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 percent, or 161, of Candia’s 1,546 PSNH customers were without power. Otherwise, Candia safety officials have encountered no major issues related to Hurricane Sandy. No deaths, injuries, or car accidents were reported Monday night or Tuesday morning, and no houses have been reported to have been hit by trees.
“We did pretty good here,” said Candia Police Chief Mike McGillen. “We have an excellent road agent, (Dennis Lewis of Lewis Dm Landscaping Co.). He got out here fast last night. A lot of stuff he does, the town doesn’t realize. People don’t see him in action. He does a lot of good work for the town.”
Chester Road was closed at 9:33 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, after two utility polls snapped during the storm, bringing down a significant section of wires and transformers, but has since been reopened. Clearing work was carried out throughout the Tuesday, with new polls being installed.
Auburn safety officials said Auburn has been relatively quiet, if busy, since the storm.
“Mostly we’re just chasing trees, cutting up trees, working with the road agent and such,” said Fire Chief Bruce Phillips on Tuesday. “It’s going to be like that for a couple of days.”
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 25 percent, or 549, of Auburn’s 2,209 PSNH customers were without power.
The fire station was opened as a shelter for powerless residents in need of a shower or use warm water, a gesture which was welcomed by the town. “It’s been a constant stream in and out of here all morning (for the showers),” said Phillips.
The closest Auburn came to a serious incident did not come from the storm itself, but from residents risking carbon monoxide poisoning due to their generators being kept hazardously close to their homes.
The Auburn Fire Department responded to two such incidents after carbon monoxide monitors showed extremely high readings. Both homes had to be vented before the residents could reenter them, with one being so hazardous that an ambulance had to be called to evaluate the homeowner. No one was hospitalized from either event.
About 25 percent of Allenstown’s population remained without power Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to Police Chief Shaun Mulholland. Granite Street and Riverside Drive remained closed as of Wednesday morning due to downed trees and power lines.
Mullholland noted that wind lifted the roof at Northeast Logistics’ warehouse on Chester Turnpike. While the roof was damaged, nothing was stored in that section of the building. About a 1,000 people on Deerfield Road were without power on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Otherwise, Allenstown suffered no serious incidents. No deaths, injuries, car accidents or major damage were reported in the town. Equipment was deployed in the parking lot of Allenstown Elementary School to set up shelter if it proved necessary, but no residents requested its use.
In Pembroke as of Wednesday morning, only Deerpath Lane, a cul-de-sac, was closed.
“We seem to be back to square one,” said Police Chief Dwayne Gilman.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 percent, or 330, of Pembroke’s 3,350 PSNH customers were without power.
Neither an emergency operations command center or a shelter were opened in the town due to a lack of necessity.
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