Statement From the Mayor Regarding Recent Heavy Rains

MANCHESTER (April 16, 2007) – Mayor Frank C. Guinta made the following statement regarding the Nor’Easter that hit the city during the past two days:

"My office has been in constant contact with Fire Chief Joe Kane, Public Works Director Frank Thomas and Police Chief John Jaskolka in regards to the heavy rains that have hit our area since Sunday. With any major rainstorm, there tends to be some localized flooding, and city departments have addressed these issues as they’ve occurred.

"We are keeping an eye on the Merrimack and Piscataquog Rivers. As of 2:35 p.m., we are not at flood stage in Manchester, but forecasts from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service predict the rivers will reach flood stage later today."

"As a precaution, my office authorized opening the Emergency Operations Center at 1:28 p.m. Monday, and will stay open as long as is necessary. My office met with numerous department heads and other stakeholders to get a sense of what was happening citywide, and we will be keeping in constant contact with these departments throughout the next couple of days."

According to the Fire Department, there were about 160 units that lost power in the city (as of 2:00 p.m.). In addition, they have responded to 29 water-related events as of 1:35 p.m., which mostly involve leaky roofs and flooded basements.

The Red Cross reports that they have opened a shelter at Bartlett School in Pinardville, which will be available for displaced Goffstown and Manchester residents.

Manchester Water Works report that Massabesic Lake is about 11 inches above the dam as of 2:00 p.m., and they report that they believe it will peak at about 18 inches tomorrow night. As a result, there is some localized flooding on the Auburn side of the lake.

Public Works report that its biggest problems have been the major brooks and ponds in the city, which all crested at some point in the past two days and led to the closing of some streets. As of 2:35 p.m., Front Street is closed from the Amoskeag Rotary to Dunbarton Road. Dunbarton Road, east of Straw Road, is also closed.

If people need sandbags, people should call the Highway Department at (603) 624-6444. The State Armory on Canal Street also has sandbags available.

If anyone has any flooding or other weather-related problems, please contact the Emergency Operations Center is (603) 669.2256.