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Street flooding delays Manchester school dismissal

MANCHESTER — The powerful storms that swept across the state Thursday prompted city school officials to delay the dismissal of classes and resulted in a flood of emergency calls.

"We probably had weeks worth calls in a couple hours," Manchester Fire Chief James Burkush said.

Burkush said "numerous" buildings were struck by lightening, including one in the Millyard, 200 Bedford St., that sent bricks onto the pavement. He said there were several small fires, but no major ones.

The fire chief said the department was continuing to monitor areas of the city prone to flooding, in particular the Dorrs Pond area in the city's North End.

One of the most intense periods of the storm came around 3 p.m. on Thursday, prompting the Manchester School District to delay dismissal time for its students due to safety concerns.

There was scattered flooding in the city during the storm, but no major problems with roadways, according to Deputy Public Works Director Tim Clougherty.

"Some sections of the system reached capacity. The pipes were full and manholes popped off, but ... there was no significant damage," Clougherty said, adding, "in a storm like this it will take some time for any subsurface damage to manifest itself."

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