With rain on the way, flooding potential eyed
Wayne Davis of Country 3 Corners True Value Hardware said testing sump pumps, cleaning gutters and replacing hoses can keep basements dry as the rainy season moves in. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
But whether 2014 will bring major floods is not a question anyone can answer, according to National Weather Service meteorologist James Brown in Gray, Maine. "The fact that it snowed a lot this year doesn't mean it's going to rain a lot," he said.
With yearly snowfall totals measuring more than 20 inches above average in many places, Brown said, the ground is saturated and rivers are running high. The cooler temperatures New Hampshire has experienced this spring have slowed the rate of snow melt, so rivers are experiencing a more gradual increase in water levels than in some years, he said.
Wayne Davis of Country 3 Corners True Value Hardware in Weare said that now is the time to start making sure things are ship-shape around the house.
A sump pump, generally sunk into a bucket in a hole in the basement floor, keeps the water level under the foundation from getting high enough to cause flooding.
The hoses that lead from the pump to the outside should be checked for wear and tear and replaced if necessary, he said.
For folks with gutters, giving them a good cleaning will help move the rain away from the foundation. But Davis said a lot of people forget one important step.
For those without gutters, installing rain diverters, L-shaped metal strips, over exterior doors will keep the water from splashing and causing door sills to rot. Davis said those need to be cleaned of debris as well.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- 6.0 earthquake strikes California wine country - 0
- Heavy rain saturates NH in a matter of two hours - 1
- Flash flood warning issued for Southern New Hampshire - 0
- Rare tornado touches down in Revere, Mass., no deaths reported - 0
- Severe weather strikes across Granite State - 0
- Restaurant foundation destabilized by high water raises Route 3 Bridge, downtown Colebrook flooding concerns - 0
- Winchester roads ravaged by heavy rain - 0
- Despite heavy rains, tornado warning, Nashua OK - 0
- Wild weather strikes Granite State - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Charles Arlinghaus: NH's job problem needs more than one fix - 0
- USNH's raw deal: Part deux - 0
- Every vote counts: Here is the proof - 0
- College Sports Roundup: NEC's Locke scores twice in soccer win - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Campbell, Jutras blank Gilford - 0
- Pirates stay hot, blank Red Sox - 0
- Londonderry police to open station to residents - 0
- Man accused of raping 13-year old in Nashua - 1
- NHIAA Golf: Crusaders teeing up special year - 0
Alleged accomplice in brutal Bedford home invasion, attack on doctor and wife, says his testimony was coerced
Seabrook mom pleads not guilty by reason of insanity to attempted murder of her two children
Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable
Man accused of raping 13-year old in Nashua
Win tickets to see Demi Lovato
Another View -- Bill Duncan: What did the NH Supreme Court really say about private school funding?
Every vote counts: Here is the proof
USNH's raw deal: Part deux
Keene man charged with assault on 2-year-old
Labor fines proposed on school project