Skip to comments.Northeast US flood thread
Posted on 10/12/2005 5:51:20 AM PDT by janetjanet998
An extermely dangerous situation is developing in the NE US..last weekend a large area recieved 6-12 inches of rain, some areas recieving record rainfall(NH) with the worst flooding in a generation in some places...over the next 3 days the same area may recieve 5+ more inches over a wide area with isloated amounts 10+ inches...this will be falling on ground that soaked from the last rain..already this morning parts of NJ has recieved over 4 inches last night alone with many flash flood warnings now out.
Not to worry - the gubmint will save me.
My town is turning into a huge swamp.
My yard is turning into a farm.
ALSTEAD, N.H. --Where Sally and Tim Canfield's home once stood, there is only open land. Their home was washed away by floodwaters, and two days after the rains subsided, their family found no trace of them.
Search and rescue crews with police dogs looked for the Canfields and Spencer Petty, also missing since the flood hit Sunday, along the Cold River. Boats searched the Connecticut River, which forms the border between New Hampshire and Vermont, downstream from where the Cold River empties into it. Crews also were picking apart debris piles along the river to search for bodies. A brother-in-law of Tim Canfield, Rick Mason, took searchers and their dogs along the river banks on his ATV Monday, but "we didn't find any bodies," he said Tuesday. "First there was Katrina, then there was the earthquake, but this is pretty devastating right here," Mason said.
At the site of the Canfields' home, someone had put up an American flag.
Three deaths were confirmed in New Hampshire from flooding: Steven Day and Ashley Gates, a young couple who died when their SUV plunged off a washed-out bridge into a river in Unity, and William Seale of Alstead, who was found Sunday in a cornfield in Langdon.
A kayaker in Antrim also was missing.
Electricity was mostly restored in Alstead and nearby Acworth by Tuesday; phone service was expected to be restored to all but a few houses by the end of the day Thursday.
From Friday evening through Sunday, rainstorms dumped as much as 10 inches on New England and the mid-Atlantic states. In New Hampshire, the storm dropped 10.8 inches in Hinsdale and 10.5 inches in Keene.
The National Weather Service said more flooding could be on the way if rainfall exceeded the 1 to 2 inches predicted Wednesday into Thursday. Flood watches were announced for several locations into Thursday.
The state's director of emergency services, Bruce Cheney, said Department of Environmental Services officials were checking 200 dams in the southwestern part of the state to make sure they were safe. He said crews were using sandbags to reinforce the Warren Lake dam above Alstead. Although the dam suffered little damage when flood waters flowed over it Sunday morning, the inspectors are concerned it would suffer more erosion if it is overtopped again this week.
State police were going door-to-door Tuesday to check on the safety and conditions in many homes. About 50 homes along a badly damaged stretch of Route 123, also known as Forest Road, were difficult to reach or had been partly destroyed; a selectman estimated about a dozen homes, including the Canfields' were washed away.
A drizzle continued to fall off and on in the area all day, and the weather forecast for the next few days called for more rain.
Some people in the southwestern New Hampshire town of 2,000 were unsure whether they could return home.
"There's four feet of mud on our first floor," said Wendy Gendron, who was evacuated with her family and a dozen of her son's friends from their home early Sunday. "There is no back yard anymore."
A 50 year flood means that one state gets hit per year...
We've had torrential rains in Monmouth County, NJ non-stop throughout the night and continuing into this morning. It's going to be a real mess by this evening.
I can't wait to get my drive-in movie sized Plasma TV!
Look at the images from NJ in the slide show right below the title:
Downpours Pose Flooding Problems
Yes, these rains worry me. I used to live in Glenside and it's low there. It's also low out where we live, but we put in a basement drainage system several years ago, so at least I don't have that worry. But I have a college student out doing a LOT of driving. I worry about trees falling into the road in addition to flooded roads.
And we couldn't buy rain in August or September. Go figure.
Below is state of N.H. pics.
So far, looting has not been a problem.
Hey, maybe everyone will hit the FEMA lottery!
Go to this website for a self-updating map of weather warnings across the US.
I need to install a web-cam on the levy down the street from my house in Cranford, NJ. It's too inconvenient to run down there and check it three times a day...
NW sections of NJ may have 8 inches by 6pm if current trends contunie alreay 4 down in spots....I'm not liking what i am seeing for Northern NJ...and today may just be the start of it..all this on top of last weekends 6-10 inches there(NW NJ)
OK...Cue up the Northeast Beer Looting Dude...
Bump for later reference.
Take heart - this could be snow.
"My town is turning into a huge swamp."
I drove to Keene, NH, yesterday morning - had an appointment. Many Red Cross, Army and EMT Rescue vehicles parked throughout the town and traveling both directions on Rt 101. Although I saw traces of the "EVENT" in Keene, I didn't see any significant damage on West St and Court St.
About 40 miles north of Keene, Alstead was wiped out. Our town lost a resident to the raging Contoocook River. He sought to defy the River's White Water in his RECREATIONAL KAYAK.