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.
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.
Dear EarthTalk: Hurricane Sandy brought more sea water onto shorelines than I’d ever witnessed before and many communities near where I live are now being required to raise their homes up. What is the prognosis for sea level rise in the years immediately ahead? -- Scott P., Fairfield, CT
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.