Saturday, February 27, 2010

Storm Watch

If you're reading this, you probably have power. Or a readily accessible library, McDonalds or Starbucks nearby.

In any event, I've fled New Hampshire until power is restored. Here's the Union Leader's actively updated storm-watch blog:

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gimme shelter

It's been a while, I know. I beg forgiveness upon all of you.

If anyone still subscribes to this on and off again news(y) blog, you're probably scratching your head. Why, you ask yourself, would Derrick come out of seclusion after all this time?

Like much of the rest of the state, Windham is in the dark tonight. Routes 111 and 28 are back on the grid, but don't tell that to anyone living in the residential neighborhoods. Police say most of the roads are open, damages are light - depending on where you live - and crews are working as fast as they can. Local utility companies are not advertising any estimates on when power could be restored.

During 2008's ice storm, many were told power would be restored in 1-3 days. That stretched to 7 days for myself and more than 2 weeks for others. Let's hope it's not a repeat.

Anyway, here are some shots I've taken of the ravages left by last night's Nor'easter. It's been a busy news day:
This Meetinghouse Road home was spared the wrath of the storm. Eight trees, toppled by heavy gusts, missed by inches.
Water flows over Emerson Way bridge from a swollen Widow Harris Brook. This is one of several flooded spots around Salem today.

The traffic lights were working again along Routes 28 and 111 by this afternoon, but most of the rest of Windham was still without power, the transfer station included. Officials aren't guessing when the lights will come back on.

Main Street in Salem, closed. Thankfully, the nearby fire station was built on higher ground. Most people avoided the puddle, but a few took the opportunity to put their SUVs to good use.

Cook's Trailer Park in Salem, N.H., off of Route 28, is under several inches of water. The residents are well practiced. The park floods once every year or so.