Statement From the Mayor Regarding Rains and Flooding (5 p.m.)

MANCHESTER (April 17, 2007) – Mayor Frank C. Guinta made the following statement updating the status of the city and flooding:

"This afternoon, for the second time today, I met with numerous department heads and other city officials to get an update on citywide flooding, and we are keeping in constant contact with these departments."

"At 10:30 a.m., the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service said that the Merrimack River was at 16.74 feet, and the water level has held virtually steady as of 3:30 p.m. (16.79 feet). In conversations with the New Hampshire Emergency Operations Center, they believe the Merrimack River will crest later this evening. In addition, Water Works said that Lake Massabesic was at 20.75 inches above normal as of 3:30 p.m. (up 0.75 inches since this morning) and the lake should also crest later this evening."

"As stated at the 1 p.m. press conference, the updated forecasts from the National Weather Service says the city will experience light rain through Thursday (about one inch), so we are keeping an eye on potentially increasing water levels."

As of 5:00 p.m., there is flooding in the following areas: Commercial Street from 670 North Commercial St. to Granite Street; Stark Lane and Stark Way; Piscataquog River Park on Precourt St.; Raco Theodore Park on Head Street; Bass Island Park on Second Street; Cleveland Street; Riverdale Ave.; Cohas Ave.; Island Pond Road; Brown Ave. by the outlet of Cohas Brook; and Electric Street.

The following roads are closed as of 5:00 p.m.: parts of Stark Way and Stark Street and Cleveland Street from Third and Blaine Streets.

Both the Fire and Police Department have stated that most of their calls this afternoon have been non-weather related.

The Red Cross has re-opened its shelter at Bartlett School in Pinardville and opened up the Carriage House on 1800 Elm Street. In addition, they are making flood clean-up kits available at their 1800 Elm Street office.

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

In addition, information about acquiring generators and other emergency materials are available by contacting the Emergency Operations Center. If anyone has any flooding or other weather-related problems, please contact the EOC at (603) 669-2256.