Ice jam flood damage lingers in PeterboroughBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
February 06. 2018 11:31PM
PETERBOROUGH — Damage from January’s ice jam floods lingers along the banks of the Contoocook and Nubanusit rivers that converge in downtown Peterborough.
The Serendipity Shop remains closed, but hopes to reopen soon, according to Gretchen Rae, project coordinator for All Saints Church on Concord Street/Route 202 which has run the consignment shop for more than 50 years.
The Serendipity Shop operates out of the church’s Reynolds Hall selling clothing, jewelry and home goods.
The shop also has a thrift department where it sells donated items. The volunteer-run shop donates to local social service organizations every year.
According to its Facebook page it gave back more than $25,000 to the community in 2015.
The Serendipity Shop is closed until further notice due to flooding caused when the Contoocook River overflowed Jan. 13 due to ice jams and flooded the first floor of Reynolds Hall.
Three weeks after the flood the shop remains under repairs. Workers were busy Tuesday replacing drywall. The floor of the shop has also been stripped down to its concrete base.
Rae said in an email Tuesday she wants the community to know the Serendipity Shop will reopen as soon as possible.
On Jan. 13 in a different part of town the Nubanusit River flooded because of an ice jam and flowed into European Esthetics in Depot Square in downtown Peterborough.
Ellen Smith, owner of the skin, body and nail care services salon, said Tuesday European Esthetics’ space, which it advertises is located at a beautiful location beside the Nubanusit, remains under repair as well.
European Esthetics moved into a temporary location days after the flood when it became apparent repairs would take some time.
“We are still up at the Offices at Depot Square, on the third floor while European Esthetics is being cleaned up and made ready for us to move back in. It looks like we will be moving back the week of February 19th, keeping fingers crossed,” Smith said in an email Tuesday.