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Sep 19, 2016 5:57 PM

Drenching downpours flood basements, submerge vehicles in Concord


CONCORD— For months, Granite Staters have been hoping for a soaking rain. This morning's drenching downpours were too much of a good thing in some places.

Low-lying neighborhoods in downtown Concord, especially near Federal and North Spring streets, were under three to four feet of water before dawn Monday morning.

Nearly two inches of rain fell in Concord during a 90-minute period, around 3 a.m.

Clogged storm drains sent water gushing into parts of downtown, including the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Bill Deacon, the facilities manager, says he arrived at 3:15 a.m. to several inches of water on the first floor and in the basement of the Buck Building.

"I came in, and started the monumental task of removing all of the water that was covering the floors," he said.

Jamie Callahan woke up all of his neighbors when he discovered the water was rising enough to submerge cars parked in their neighborhood lot.

"I came outside, my car was submerged in water, so I went around knocking on doors to get all of the tenants up," he said.

Some were able to make it to work, but others spent several hours cleaning and drying up their property.

Susu Morsi's SUV had over four inches of water inside. Afraid to start the car, Morsi decided to wait until she could confirm everything under the hood was okay.

While it is not unusual to see rain fall at the heavy rate that it did Monday morning, NH1 meteorologist Ryan Breton says the soil is very dry. It can't absorb as much water as usual, allowing the rain to more easily run off into low-lying areas.

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