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Oct 24, 2014 10:49 AM

Thursday flooding a major issue in southern NH


Heavy rainfall saturated the Granite State much of the day Thursday, causing localized flooding. At one work place a dumpster was carried nearly 50 feet across a parking lot.

Commuters faced slow driving conditions early in the morning as rain reduced visibility and water puddled on the roadways. Nashua Public Works employees had all crews out, working to unclog drains that, in some cases, left roads in Nashua under several feet of water.

"We've got foreman all over the city right now addressing the problems," said Public Works worker Steve Waterstrat. Waterstrat called the situation a rarity in his 30 years with the city. Fallen leaves were a big part of the problem, he said.

Crews in Nashua had to save one woman who drove her Nissan Maxima through several feet of water on Vine Street and became stuck. The driver was not injured but her car was damaged.

An employee at Marketreach Inc. in Nashua said she witnessed a dumpster floating through the parking lot at her workplace.

"There was already a couple of inches of water, up to your ankles and I went inside and the next thing I know an hour later we all had to move our cars because the water was starting to rise up and flood toward the building, said Julia Prevost.

By the end of the day crews managed to clear most troubled storm drains and the water had receded in most areas.


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