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October 30. 2012 1:50PM

Sandy goes easy on North Country

A rainbow arches over a swollen Gale River in Franconia after Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday morning. (KRISTI GAROFALO)

NORTH COUNTRY – Residents in several North Country towns reported Hurricane Sandy let them off relatively easily compared to the rest of the state.

In Colebrook, North Country Chamber of Commerce executive director Justin Eldred said the town experienced high winds and rain for most of the night and “a tiny shower” Tuesday morning.

He reported a large tree blown down at the Colebrook Country Club golf course, and trees and power lines down and blocking Piper Hill Road in Colebrook.

The Facebook page for the town of Colebrook requested residents avoid Piper Hill Road as crews work to restore power.

Eldred said he also heard reports that a small portion of Route 3 was closed for a short time due to trees falling but was quickly cleared.

“The water levels are very high in lakes, rivers, and streams this morning and it's all heading south where you don't need it,” he said.

Eldred said he also had reports the Hall Stream Road area of Pittsburg had been out of power since Monday evening, and he was expecting to hear of flooding in that area but hadn't received any reports yet.

Pittsburg resident Al Goudreau of Treats and Treasures General Store and Gift Shop reported on the store's Facebook page, “Last night we had some wind and about a half-inch of rain as of this morning. Winds were about 20 mph overnight with some gusts to 30 mph. We still have power here at the store.”

In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Goudreau said, “We were pretty lucky up here in the mountains. It'll probably loop back around and hit us again later this week, but it'll be much weaker by then.”

Many North Country schools were on a two-hour delay Tuesday morning, and the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton was high from stormwater runoff, but few power outages were reported as of Tuesday morning.

Rainbows were spotted over Lisbon Monday afternoon and over the Gale River in Franconia Tuesday morning.

Larry Barker, field specialist for UNH Cooperative Extension, reported he received just under 2.5 inches of rain at his home in Lancaster.

“We had some wind and lost power for about four hours starting at 6 p.m. last night,” he said. “I heard power is still out in some parts of town. Compared to elsewhere, I'd say we had it pretty easy.”

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