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    Hampton Beach Still Cleaning Up After Storms

    The investment to clean up Hampton Beach from the series of March nor'easters comes with a $250,000 price tag.

    (Published Monday, April 2, 2018)

    Repairs and recovery are underway on North Hampton State Beach in New Hampshire in the aftermath of last month's nor'easters.

    The Seascoast favorite took quite a beating and state officials say they're working fast along the Seacoast to get it cleared up in time for warmer weather.

    All along Route 1A, bulldozers are cleaning up what Mother Nature left behind: mounds of pushed back sand, rocks, debris and broken gravel in their parking lots.

    "It's unbelievable," said Katheryn Thompson, a Hampton Beach resident.

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    People in the area say they're ready did the beauty to return.

    "It's crazy weather," said another resident, Dwayne Chrestensen. "It's New England, so we definitely clean the things that happen to the beach."

    For now, orange cones, yellow tape and fork lifts fill parking lots and sidewalks, a sign that repairs are moving stop steam ahead.

    "I think it's an investment into the future back into Hampton," said Ernest Proper of Stratham.

    The investment to clean up the beach comes with a $250,000 price tag. The cost includes the parking lot, sidewalk, clean-up and septic pumps, according to Amy Bassett, public information officer for the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

    Bassett also confirmed the state will perform additional clean-up activity along the rest of the seacoast state park beaches, including removal of debris and sand, pushing back the sand from the seawall back onto the beach.

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    New Hampshire's Department of Transportion said they will handle fixing man holes and draining problems caused by flooding and storm damage on Route 1A.

    "I just want to see it cleaned up," said Thompson. "I mean, I;d get out and do it myself."

    Residents and officials are hoping to get this stretch of the popular beach ready by the time the summer season kicks into high gear.

    "I'm not that concerned about it," said John Depippo. "I'm sure they'll have it done in adequate time."

    "This area is gorgeous," Thompson said. "I just want to keep it maintained."

    Bassett said the goal is to complete all repairs by May 1.

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