Thousands of New Hampshire residents were still without power Tuesday afternoon, two days after Hurricane Irene slammed into the New England area bringing with her flooding and high winds. While the Granite State for the most part escaped the destruction and damage residents of Vermont are now facing, the state was left with a reminder of how deadly Mother Nature can be.
Public Service Co. of New Hampshire reported 29,000 outages by noon Tuesday, while New Hampshire Electric Co-op had 1,600 remaining outages. Both companies said they were hoping to have the power back on for everyone by Thursday at the latest.
Government officials are reporting only one confirmed Hurricane Irene related death in New Hampshire when a tree fell on a man in Wolfeboro. The Lincoln area is still reporting washed out roads and bridges, and Manchester, Wakefield, Rochester and Dover are reporting tree’s down and property damage.
PSNH said in a statement they have already asked for help from utility workers in other states to help them get their customers back online before the weekend.
While workers and officials have been quick to respond to New Hampshire’s requests, the majority of the help is being sent to Vermont which is still trying to rebuild from the heavy devastation experienced when Irene brought heavy rain and wind to the state. Roads are destroyed along with bridges, and as of Wednesday morning 1 town was still inaccessible. The NAtional Guard will continue to air drop supplies as needed until access is restored.
PSNH said if residents still do not have power by Thursday or Friday to let them know so they can send crews out to restore power. Even if you called before, call again Thursday.