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Flooded N.H. Roads Slowly Begin To Reopen

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Some roads damaged by floods last week and early this week have reopened, but the clean-up will continue for some time.

The havoc wreaked by flooding was concentrated along the Connecticut River Valley. Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says Rt. 12A, which runs along western edge of the state from White River Junction to Keene, remains closed in Plainfield and Alstead. As does Rt. 120 in Lebanon.

“There’s still a fair amount of work to go,” says Boynton, “We did have a lot of crews out working yesterday, worked a long day yesterday. And this of course is separate from the local road damage which is very extensive in some areas.”

Rt 63 in Westmoreland is open, but travel is restricted to one lane in sections. 

Boynton says DOT crews have also been out inspecting bridges for damage, and have thus far, found nothing serious.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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