Severe Spring Storms Leave Mess for NH Crews | NECN

Severe Spring Storms Leave Mess for NH Crews



    Roads left flooded, businesses dealing with water damage (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    (NECN: Justin Michaels, Keene, N.H.) - New Hampshire residents are dealing with the damage left behind, after a severe spring storm hit many areas on Tuesday.

    One driver was taking a drive on the wild side in Keene, where he wound up floating through an intersection. It was a good example of what not to do in a flood.

    "What do you do? It's water… and we're going to get more of it," one resident said.
    Tuesday night's rains have made for a bad day of business in Keene.

    "Three plus feet," Business Manager Jeromie McDaniels said.

    McDaniel's company makes educational furniture for children. Production has stopped for the day, as the company has three feet of water flooding some pretty pricey equipment.

    "We have a lot of C and C machines… forklifts all that… they're all under water right now… so we just have to asses it and see what happens," McDaniels said.

    Workers were called in a 2 a.m. Wednesday to start the clean-up. They have been told not to come back to their normal work until further notice.

    Some businesses are even prepping for the damage to get worse as the water levels rise. Sandbags are on standby in some businesses.

    The three bays at Tom's Auto Center are knee-deep, shutting down business for at least Wednesday.

    "I was surprised how fast it actually rose after the initial time that I saw it which was about 10:30… so my boss called me so I came right down here… and this is crazy," one worker said.

    Not far away from Tom's, there are four acres for sale by the owner. Now the scene is more like a flood insurance salesman's dream as the land is completely under water.