Mid-April freezing and flooding give Granite Staters a rude awakening
The lower section of Plymouth State University's campus along Route 175 in Holderness was under water this morning, though the waters are receding, PSU officials said. (COURTESY PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY)
In Manchester, the Public Works Department sent out four salt trucks at 3:30 a.m., said Jay Davini, chief of street operations. The trucks hit areas that freeze quickly — bridges, hills and areas in the North End.
In Concord, the temperature dropped to 25 degrees at 6:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
“Everything just froze overnight,” said Fisher Cats spokesman Tom Gauthier. Ice was on the concourse, the seats and the field, he said.
According to the National Weather Service, the river rose from its normal winter level of 3 to 6 feet to a peak of nearly 17 feet at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. It had dropped back to about 15 feet two hours later. Flood stage for the river is 13 feet.
“The parking lots close to Route 175 and some of the athletic fields were covered with water,” said PSU’s Bruce Lyndes. “The physical education center and the ice arena were closed as a precaution and not affected.”
During Tropical Storm Irene flooding in 2011, the river peaked at more than 21 feet.
Colebrook nearly looked like an island, with floodwaters making three of the four highways in and out of the community impassable.
Brian Schutt, the engineer for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s District 1 office in Lancaster, said the agency had 11 of its 17 crews working at the height of flooding.
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