Power expected to be restored in NH by weekend

By Norma Love

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 11:41 a.m. MDT

"But it does interrupt my routine because I turn it off at night — we have birds, and I'm afraid of leaving a generator on with birds and children in the house," she said.

Gov. John Lynch said Sandy did not cause the extensive and damaging flooding of past storms, but comparisons don't matter much to those people who are without electricity.

"It's still pretty significant to them," he said.

Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement said about three dozen state roads and over 200 municipal roads were closed as of Tuesday morning, mostly due to uprooted trees and branches. He said once utility crews clear out live wires, the roads can be opened quickly, perhaps within a couple days.

Lynch has asked President Barack Obama to issue an emergency disaster declaration for all 10 counties. State officials urged local government officials to keep records of any spending to aid in getting reimbursed.

Five shelters opened Monday, but Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas said only 57 people went to the shelters and of those, only 43 spent the night in them.

Environmental Services Commissioner Tom Burack said only minor flooding was expected from North Country rivers, but that could change depending on how much more rain the state gets. A flood warning was in effect for central New Hampshire Tuesday and a flood watch was in effect for Coos County.

About a half-dozen homes along the Peabody River in Gorham were evacuated after officials got a flash-flood warning about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The storm swept away plans by the presidential campaigns to hold events in New Hampshire, but the lull in campaigning for state offices resumed Tuesday. And former President Bill Clinton was expected to return to campaign this week for President Obama.

Ignatius said polling places should be open with power and telephone lines on Election Day.

At the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, the phone started ringing early Tuesday morning as parents looked for alternatives to spending the day at home with their children and no power. There was a line waiting at the door when the museum opened at 10 a.m., said marketing director Heidi Duncanson.

"A lot of people definitely wanted to get out of the house," she said.

Associated Press writer Kathy McCormack in Concord, N.H., contributed to this report.

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