Mount Washington Valley Weather More Trick Than Treat Before Halloween
A view of the flooded Saco River from the Scenic Overlook In Conway ~ Photo by Christopher McNevich
Conway, NH – Extreme wind and rain has wreaked havoc on the Mount Washington Valley. Authorities from multiple agencies across Coos and Carroll County spent this morning battling mother nature after high winds knocked down power lines and trees; and pouring rain flooded roads and homes. Conway Police reported multiple roads closed including Westside Road, Passaconaway Road and River Road in North Conway. The Carroll County Sheriffs Department that the Dry River Bridge on Route 302 was washed out and that most of route 302 was
Cobb Farm Road in Bartlett overcome by floodwaters ~ Photo Greg Frizzell
There have also been several water rescue calls throughout the Mount Washington valley as people became trapped in their homes due to rising waters. Most schools in the Mount Washington valley were closed, as were many businesses. For a full up-to-date listing of road, school, and business closures Click Here.
Thousands of people in the Northeast were without power last night and hundreds still remain without power. According to Eversource, as of 10:20am around 1,500 customers in Conway, over 1,300 customers in Madison, and over 1,700 customers in Ossipee were without power. In a press releaese sent out at around 8:10 this morning Eversource spokesmen Seth Wheeler said approximately 51,500 members, about 63% of the entire membership, is without power.
Wheeler said that early investigations point to this being a multi day power outage event, adding that Estimated Times of Restoration (ETOR) are not available for specific locations at this time. Wheeler noted that If you are without power at this time you should expect to remain without power, possibly for a number of days. For the most up to date Eversource outage map Click Here.
New Hampshire Electric Coop reports over 1,300 customers in Conway, 700 customers in Sandwich and all customers in Tamworth were powerless. For the most up to date NH Electric Coop outage map Click Here.
Officials with Central Maine Power released a statement as well stating that the company reports more than 350,000 customers, more than half of the energy company’s customer base, were without service at 10 a.m. Monday. They also said that customers without power should expect to be powerless for several days. For the most up to date CMP outage map Click Here.
Authorities advise the public to stay home if possible. They also remind drivers not to attempt to cross any flood waters in the roadways.