During the 2006 Mother's Day flood the sand pit showed in the square filled with water from the Suncook's secondary channel (the smaller river that breaks off south of Old Mill Road. Water spilled into the main channel, and released the river.
Credit Google Earth: 2003
Five months after the avulsion, the new river channel is still extremely unorganized.
Credit Google Earth: 2006
By 2008, the new channel has pushed more than 140 feet farther into the river bank. Extreme erosion is seen both up and downstream
Credit Google Earth: 2008
Changes in the river channel begin to slow three years after the event, though erosion continues.
Credit Google Earth: 2009
River scientists point to newly exposed rocky sections, which the river is attempting to flow around, as the next danger spots for future floods.
Since 2006 the Suncook River has been on a different course: it jumped its bank in the Mother’s Day flood, and the state has been trying to stabilize it ever since. Now as part of a recent fine for filling wetlands, a gravel company will give the project 8,000 tons of stone for the project. But this is only part of a continuing effort to live next to a changing river.