HEAVY RAINS FRIDAY CAUSE FLOODING IN CONWAY

by Christian Mower on October 15, 2011

AUTHORITIES IN CONWAY SAY HEAVY RAIN FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE NIGHT CAUSED FLOODING IN SOME RIVERSIDE LOCATIONS FROM THE SACO RIVER.

CONWAY POLICE SGT. GEORGE WALKER SAYS IT RAINED HEAVILY DURING HIS 3 P.M. TO 11 P.M. SHIFT FRIDAY.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED OUT AROUND 2:45 A.M. SATURDAY BECAUSE OF TWO FLOODED CAMPGROUNDS ON ROUTE 16.

SOLOMON SAYS A NUMBER OF CAMPERS HAD TO BE EVACUATED FROM EASTERN SLOPE CAMPING AREA NEAR LEAVITT’S COUNTRY BAKERY AND A COUPLE WAS EVACUATED JUST UPRIVER FROM THERE AT THE BEACH CAMPING AREA BEHIND THE CONWAY VALLEY INN.

FIREFIGHTERS THEN WENT TO CHECK THE TRANSVALE ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE RIVER.

SOLOMON SAYS TRANSVALE – THE NEIGHBORHOOD CITED BY NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR JOHN LYNCH AFTER TROPICAL STORM IRENE AS SUSTAINING THE WORST DAMAGE HE HAD SEEN IN THE STATE, FLOODED AGAIN, THIS TIME UP TO THE MOAT BROOK BRIDGE.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE WATER WAS SEVERAL FEET DEEP AND IMPACTED ABOUT 80 PROPERTIES. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF INJURIES AND FIREFIGHTERS SECURED ABOUT 4 A.M. SATURDAY.

LAST WEEK SOLOMON SAID BECAUSE OF IRENE THE SACO RIVER HAS CHANGED, THE RIVER BED IS FULL OF GRAVEL AND IT HAS CARVED NEW COURSES AROUND CONWAY THAT WILL CHANGE FLOODING IN THE FUTURE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAD ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SACO RIVER NEAR CONWAY SATURDAY, WARNING IT WOULD REACH ABOUT NINE AND A HALF FEET SATURDAY MORNING – A HALF FOOT ABOVE FLOOD STAGE – BEFORE RECEDING SATURDAY AFTERNOON.