Flash Flooding in 3 States Closes Roads, Prompts Opening of Shelters - NECN

Flash Flooding in 3 States Closes Roads, Prompts Opening of Shelters

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    Flash Flooding in 3 States Closes Roads, Prompts Opening of Shelters
    Erin Joyce Haley

    Flash flooding in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire closed roads and prompted the opening of several emergency shelters. In Norwich and Thetford, Vermont, the fire department ordered mandatory evacuations of some homes.

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott visited several communities as officials assessed the damage on Sunday.

    New Hampshire officials were asking campground owners to let them know if they had room for campers displaced by Saturday's heavy rain and flooding.

    Perry Plummer, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, was asking campground owners and operators who had space to call 211, the system that connects callers to information about health and human service programs.

    Plummer was also determining whether volunteer help was available for those who sustained property damage, and asked those who did to call 211 and press '8'.

    "Travelers should expect to encounter road debris, water covered roads, and damaged roads," Plummer said. "Even if the road looks fine, if it is covered in water or closed, don’t drive on that road. There is no way of knowing what the structural integrity is of the ground underneath."

    Michael Todd with the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety, said campers close to the Vermont border who needed help should call 1-866-444-4211.

    New England 511 is providing an update on what roads are closed due to the flooding. 

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