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Coastal flooding forces road closures

By Jason Schreiber
Union Leader Correspondent

January 03. 2014 1:55PM

Large waves kicked up by a nor’easter that dropped more than a foot of snow on some parts of New Hampshire have flooded several streets along the coast.

Astronomical high tides combined with the powerful ocean storm to create a mess on Route 1A in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye around the time of high tide.

“We’ve got a lot of flooding,” said Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan.

The astronomical tide around noon today in Hampton was forecast to be near its 11-foot flood stage with a one-foot storm surge.

In Rye, a car became stuck in the flooding on Route 1A near Rye Harbor State Park, but the driver was rescued and the car was towed away.

Flooded areas that prompted some temporary closures or restricted traffic in Hampton included Route 1A (Ocean Boulevard) northbound between Church Street and Winnacunnet Road; High Street near Ocean Boulevard; Ashworth Avenue from G Street to J Street; Brown Avenue; and a section of Route 1 was reduced to one lane just north of the Hampton Falls town line.

Sullivan said the area experienced moderate splashover. Snow banks blocked the floodwater from receding and caused some of it to drain differently, he said.

“It’ll take several hours for it to recede,” Sullivan said.

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