FEMA Inspects Storm Damage in Bartlett and Across N.H.

Nov 7, 2017

Officials from the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency were touring the state today checking the extent of damage from last week’s storm.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen was with one of those teams in Bartlett.


Bartlett Fire Chief Pat Roberts has seen this kind of damage before – after Tropical Storm Irene. Today, he’s showing the recent damage to officials from FEMA.

Bartlett Fire Chief Pat Roberts told FEMA officials that the damage appears to be "a bit worse" than what Tropical Storm Irene caused.
Credit Chris Jensen Photo

“A lot of other damage came from this river right up the street, which did the same thing in Irene,” he says. “Only to reoccur exactly the same, in fact, a little bit worse.”

Roads in Bartlett were shredded by the runaway force of the Saco River.

FEMA official Cheri Rolfes says the agency is touring various sites affected by the storm.

“For example,” she says, “today we will be looking at washed-out bridges and roads like we have here.”


If they determine the damage is beyond what state and local officials can handle, it would allow Gov. Chris Sununu to request federal help