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As spring approaches, Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging New Hampshire residents to take precautions to protect their families and homes from flooding.

In the last 10 years, there have been 10 federal disaster declarations in New Hampshire for flooding, which most often occurs in spring but can happen at any time of year. The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning estimates that $48 million has been paid for flood losses to New Hampshire flood insurance policy holders since 1978.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied New Hampshire's appeal for a major disaster declaration for April flooding in the North Country, saying the impact "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants" such a declaration.

Gov. Maggie Hassan had asked for funding assistance to help Carroll and Coos counties and hazard mitigation statewide. In her appeal letter to FEMA, she said current state and local FEMA-verified assessments exceeded $1.9 million, exceeding the thresholds needed to receive federal assistance.

Officials in the town of Winchester are dealing with at least 12 washed out roads and others that were temporarily unpassable as a result of Tuesday's storm.

Some residents were evacuated and others were temporarily stranded due to the road conditions. The roads were passable Thursday as town officials work with the state to assess damage.

Chris Hope, a highway patrol foreman with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, told the Brattleboro Reformer the intersection of Route 119 and Purcell Road was under a foot of surging water when a brook and beaver pond failed.

Governor Hassan is requesting a federal disaster declaration following mid-April flooding in Carroll and Coos Counties.

Concerns about flooding in northern New England are growing as more rain comes to the region.

Adapting To Climate Change; Flood Insurance

Apr 10, 2014
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Adapting to Climate Change

More than 40 percent of the properties with flood insurance in New Hampshire face premium hikes as a result of new regulations.

A half-mile stretch of New Hampshire Route 12A in Alstead has reopened after the road was severely damaged in June by heavy flooding.

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A proposal to redesign a road damaged by flooding in a Lebanon, N.H., neighborhood calls for residents to surrender parts of their front yards.

The city's plan calls for larger culverts and ditches to be installed along Slayton Hill Road. Construction would start next year.

A total of 15 inches of rain fell in the area in June and July. Five inches of rain fell over two days.

Floods On The Rise

Sep 23, 2013
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It’s a national trend: torrential rain that wipes away roads, homes, and lives. New Hampshire has also seen an increase in these storms, including this summer, resulting in a disaster declaration by the President. Officials, meanwhile, have been working to not only fix the damage from these storms but rebuild in ways that can better withstand the next one.

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A Big Summer For Flooding In N.H.

Sep 15, 2013
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Over the past few weeks, New Hampshire has seen an uptick in thunderstorms--and the accompanying flash floods. So far, the National Weather Service has tallied roughly 20 floods. Mike Ekster, Chief Forecaster in Gray, Maine says in a typical year, the state only sees about five.  He says some years have been even worse, especially when Tropical Storm Irene hit two years ago. But it’s still been an unusually wet summer.

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Upper Valley Flooding Causes Millions In Damages

Jul 16, 2013

City officials estimate that last week’s flooding caused $6.5 million in infrastructure damages.

Over the past week, the dollar figure for damage has continued to rise.

The most damage is on Slayton Hill Road, which was washed out and is estimated to cost $3.4 million.

The Lebanon Municipal Airport also experienced detention pond failures, road washouts and buckling pavement that will cost $1.4 million.

Hassan Tours Flooded Towns

Jul 3, 2013
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After declaring a state of emergency this morning, Governor Maggie Hassan and state officials toured N.H. towns most affected by this week’s flooding, including Lebanon, Washington, and Alstead.

Monday's flooding brought more than $2 million worth of damage to the state, damaging 15 roads in Washington alone. While road crews work to clean up and start rebuilding efforts, Governor Hassan says she is already planning for future storms.

Gov. Lynch Tours Cheshire County Storm Damage

Jun 4, 2012
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After last Tuesday’s storms in southwestern New Hampshire, White Brook Road in Gilsum is no longer a road.