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Gov. Lynch Tours Cheshire County Storm Damage

After last Tuesday’s storms in southwestern New Hampshire, White Brook Road in Gilsum is no longer a road.

The narrow dirt lane was washed out by more than six inches of heavy rain.

"It was just an amazing storm," says homeowner Kim Rossey.

His porch over-looking White Brook was damaged. A construction crew is hiking in materials and tools to make repairs.

"They’re doing some emergency stuff, just to keep that part of the house from falling in the water, basically," says the software engineer. "Then we’ll work from there."

Gov. John Lynch and officials from FEMA spent Monday touring the damage and meeting residents affected by the storm.

The governor says the state is ready to offer assistance.

"Whether it’s engineering support for the roads, or help with families dealing with their insurance companies... whatever we can do to help," says Lynch.

The small town of Sullivan will need that help. 

"Every road in town has been affected with the exception of three," says Fire Chief Neil Henry.

"By the time it was over we were left with ditches."

Those ditches will cost the state around $2 million to fix.

Lynch is requesting a federal disaster declaration. If granted, it could cover 75 percent of the tab. 


Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. He can be reached at tbookman@nhpr.org.
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