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Oct 22, 2016 10:42 PM

Manchester residents clean-up after rain floods streets


MANCHESTER - The flash flooding from rain is causing major headaches for people across the state. The Queen City was hit hard; some of the streets were under feet of water.

Saturday, residents on West River Drive were cleaning their cars after the street was flooded.

"Cars would move and it was just waves of water just coming, um it's like cars were swimming," said Robert Brown, who is attending SNHU as a grad student.

The scene last night was hectic- rows of parked cars in a sea of water. Firefighters say the floods caused some of the man-hole covers came off.

"The leaves will be swept down the street by the heavy rain and they'll collect on top of the catch basin and basically serve as a cover for the catch basin," said District Chief Mike Gamache of the Manchester Fire Department.

Some of the cars on the street show how high the water reached.

"We came up the street and there was a fire truck, a bunch of cops here. Everyone was just outside watching and I was just thinking about my dog. So I wasn't even just thinking about the cars," said Grace Ames, who lives in the apartment complex where the flooding happened.

Ames says she was out last night when a friend sent her a picture of her street, she rushed home. Relieved to find her dog was okay but that's when she realized her car parked on the street.

"I was like oh my gosh I'm parked in that huge river that's like outside of our apartment," said Ames.

Firefighters say it was a team effort working with police and the DPW to respond and help people who were trapped.

"There where times where no fire trucks were available for any calls in the City of Manchester because they were tied up on all the storm related calls...we had to assist the occupant of the vehicle out of the vehicle and bring him or her to higher ground," said District Chief Gamache.

Firefighters say the lightning from the storm struck four buildings causing the electrical server to blow off of them. Rain from the storm also caused a serious crash. The streets are back open, roads are cleared and firefighters were back Saturday morning helping people pump water out of their homes.

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