Hurricane Sandy Emergency Information for Durham, Roadway Closures, Power Outage Areas - October 30, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Dear Members of the Community,

 

Please remember to exercise extreme caution around downed power lines.  Durham Public Works crews are not able to clear trees that are entangled in power lines.  Only the power company can safely undertake such work.  In addition, residents should NOT handle or try to cut down trees/branches that are entangled in power lines.  Please be safe and be patient.

 

The latest storm information follows …

 

Trees/lines are down and roads are closed at:

  • Willey Road/Ffrost Drive - open to local traffic only
  • Main Street - closed from Technology Drive to Route 155/5-corners.
  • Durham Point Road is closed at #29, #32, #139, and #256.  We have made numerous calls to PSNH today and utility crews are there now trying to reopen Durham Point Rd.  We anticipate it being largely reopened later this evening leaving one roadway blockage remaining at #256 near Colony Cove Road.  This will ensure no one is stranded and emergency crews can access all areas of Durham Point Road.  

Three homes have had trees fall on them: one on Canney Road, one on Orchard Drive, and one on Madbury Road. 

 

Where is there power loss in Durham?

 

The following roadways have loss of power to some degree to our knowledge at this time:  Adams Point Road, Bartlet Road, Bay Road, Britton Lane, Colony Cove Road, Dame Road, Deer Meadow Road, Durham Point Road, Edendale Lane, Edgerly Garrison, Fogg Drive, Foxhill Road, Langley Road, Longmarsh Road, Mathes Cove Road, Meserve Road, Mill Road, N.Main Street, Pulaski Drive, Roysan Way, Spruce Wood Lane, Willey Road, and Worthen Road.

 

If there are other locations, these should be called in directly to PSNH (see call in number below).

 

Power to the Town’s Beech Hill water tank and emergency communications equipment has been restored.

 

Work is still being undertaken to address three-phase power problems at the Mast Way Elementary School in Lee.

 

There are a total of 3323 PSNH customers in Durham.  At present, 668 or 20% of households are without power.  

 

Where is PSNH? 

 

PSNH line, contractor, and tree trimming crews on Tuesday made progress throughout the state and will be bolstered by 75 line crews from Hydro-Québec. The Canadian team is expected to join PSNH and contractor crews, accelerating what has been projected to be a multi-day restoration effort.

 

The initial PSNH emphasis of the restoration has included focusing on ensuring roads are clear of downed lines, trees, and limbs, and restoring power to key public infrastructure like schools, shelters, and water treatment facilities. 

 

As of this morning, the NH Department of Transportation reported more than 230 roads across the state were either closed or blocked by downed limbs, trees, and power and communication lines.

 

At daybreak, crews began conducting detailed damage assessments of affected areas, providing essential information on downed lines and other trouble areas so that PSNH's area work centers throughout the state can quickly and effectively prioritize their mobilization.

 

Among the hardest hit areas are portions of the seacoast, the southern I-93 corridor, and several communities in the Monadnock Region.

 

Hurricane Sandy's impact has resulted in the fourth highest number of customers without power in PSNH's 86-year history, with the five largest storms all having occurred in the past four and half years.

 

Overall, Sandy has affected more than 8 million people from Maryland to Maine. 

 

Across NH, there are an estimated 109,000 PSNH customers still without power at this time.  

 

 

TRANSFER STATION & RECYCLING CENTER WILL BE OPEN ON WEDNESDAY

Durham’s Transfer Station and Recycling Center on Durham Point Road will be opened for a special day on Wednesday to accomodate residents who have brush, rubbish, or recycling for disposal.

 

FALL BRUSH CLEANUP SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 5TH

A reminder to residents that if trees or branches fell in their yards over the course of the storm, these can be cut up and placed curbside for pickup as part of the annual Durham Fall Brush Cleanup.  The usual limitations of no more than 5 ft. long or 5” in diameter still apply.

 

PACKERS FALLS GRAVEL PIT TO OPEN TO ACCOMODATE LARGER STUMPS, TREES, DEBRIS FROM STORM

 

In an effort to anticiapte the needs of the community, Durham will open the Packers Falls Gravel Pit to allow residents to bring brush and larger items starting November 4th thru the 10th from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Public Works Department will have someone there to monitor.

 

SHELTERING INFORMATION – UNH MAKES HAMEL REC. CNTR. AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS

The UNH Hamel Recreation Center has been reopened and is available to Durham residents who need a place to shower until 7 PM.  The Hamel Recreation Center is located in the old Snively Arena connected to the Whittemore Center.  Park at the Town-owned Depot Road Parking Lot next to the train station.  For information about the facility, go to http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?id=9438ebd2-b06d-9bfd-fad67f6a461b9d8d .

 

GOVERNOR DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR NH

Governor Lynch declared a State of Emergency as of 10 AM 10/29/12. 

 

7 DAY FORECAST FOR DURHAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

(as of 5 PM, Tuesday)

 

Tonight: 
Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

 

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

Wednesday Night:
 Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 6 mph.

 

Thursday:
  A slight chance of showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Thursday Night:  
A chance of showers, mainly between 7pm and 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. 

 

Friday:
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

 

Friday Night:
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Saturday: 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

 

Saturday Night:
Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

 

Sunday: 
Sunny, with a high near 51.

 

Sunday Night:
Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

 

Monday: 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

 

HOW TO CALL PSNH OR THE NH ELECTRIC COOP

Call PSNH daily to report a power outage at 1-800-662-7764.  Do not assume PSNH knows you do not have power!  During these storm events, PSNH works to reenergize areas of town neighborhood by neighborhood but they do not always know individual service lines to homes are down.  If an individual service is down, but a neighborhood has been “restored”, PSNH will not know you still do not have power – unless you let them know.  So call PSNH and don’t be shy.

 

If you obtain power through the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, please contact NHEC directly at 1-800-343-6432.

 

COMCAST CONTACT INFORMATION

If your are have power but your internet, phone, or television service provided by Comcast is not operational, please contact Comcast directly toll free at 1-888-633-4266.  If PSNH lines are down and intertwined with Comcast lines, Comcast must wait for PSNH to repair them before it can restore cable service. 

 

PORTABLE GENERATOR SAFETY INFORMATION

Safety tips for portable generators follow:

 

  • Portable generators should be placed 10 feet from any structure, with the exhaust facing away from the building openings. Deadly exhaust fumes can enter the building through any opening resulting in severe injury or death to unsuspecting occupants.
  • Never place portable generators on or near combustible surfaces such as decks, porches, or tool sheds. Heat generated by the motor, or improper refueling methods can start a fire.
  • Never run portable generators inside any building, including basement areas and garages. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in minutes injuring occupants with little to no warning.
  • Allow plenty of time to cool the generator before refueling. Gasoline vapors can easily ignite from hot surfaces causing a flash fire and severe injuries.
  • Always store approved gasoline containers a safe distance from generators while in service.

 

BE SURE TO CHECK IN ON NEIGHBORS WHO MAY NEED ASSISTANCE

Please take the time to touch base with your neighbors and/or friends within the community, particularly those who may need assistance, to ensure they are alright if there is a power outage.   If you know of someone who the Police or Fire Department should check in on as part of a wellness check, please call 868-2324.

 

WHO TO CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Durham Police Department at 603-868-2324.  In an emergency situation, please call 911.

 

 

If residents know of others without power who would benefit from these emergency announcements, please pass them along.  Thank you for your assistance.