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Aug 17, 2015 6:27 PM

'I get sad:' Lack of rain, water bans in Epping destroying gardens and landscapes


EPPING - A continuous lack of rain and a yearlong water ban is destroying landscapes in a small Granite State town.

Carole Morin, a lifelong Epping resident, reached down to feel several perennials in her backyard garden on Monday.

She then let out a sigh.

"It was gorgeous," she said, as she looked at the dry soil that used to be rich with nutrients. "I've never seen anything like this. Never."

At 82-years-old, the widow has seen varied temperatures and weather patterns that come with N.H. summers.

But this year - she said - has been extraordinary.

"We haven’t had a full day of rain since April," she said.

In addition to little rainfall, the town has enforced a Stage-4 water ban since last summer.

Epping's aging ground water-wells have continued to dry up, and they haven't been able to secure new resources yet.

The ban, which is now at the highest level of stages, restricts residents from using any water outside their homes.

“I just want to cooperate with the town," Morin said. "It’s very difficult, because I worked very hard to plant my flowers.”

Looking at her yard - which is now a stretch of crisped brown grass compared to what used to be a dark green - she feels disappointment and sadness.

She also prays, hoping that one day soon - rain will come.

"I get sad because it’s a lot of work. Many years of work," she said.

Today, Morin is able to keep just one flower pot at the steps of her home alive.

She considers it a last shining piece of color that one day she hopes will spread to the rest of her garden.

“They don’t look very well," Morin said. "Hopefully they’ll survive this kind of weather and make me happy again.”


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