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Keene streets damaged by heavy rains on Friday

Union Leader Correspondent

September 15. 2013 6:27PM
Water Street was one of several roads closed in Keene Friday as city workers repaired flood damage from Thursday's nearly six inches of rain. (MEGHAN PIERCE PHOTO)

KEENE — The Department of Public Works worked through Friday to reopen roads damaged Thursday when nearly six inches of rain hit the city.

Water, Concord and North Lincoln streets were the worst hit, said Public Works director Kürt Blomquist.

The eastern part of the city bore the brunt for the rain storm, he said.

Bellevue Street, Woodland Avenue, Eastern Avenue, Old Concord Road, Sullivan Street, Rule Street, Roxbury Road and Roxbury Street were also damaged.

Damage assessment is ongoing, but on Friday Blomquist estimated the cost of damage would be between $50,000 to $100,000.

“It’s not hundreds of thousands of dollars, but $50,000 to $100,000 worth of damage,” he said.

Personal property damage is another matter, he said.

Like the roads, many yards experienced washout conditions.

The DPW is encouraging residents who have sustained private property damage to call 2-1-1 so that New Hampshire 2-1-1, a Community Resource Program, can compile information and data about the damage so state officials can determine if an assistance program is available to those affected by the flood event.

Damage to other city streets can be reported to the Public Works Department at 352-6550.

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