Winter storm Stella may have come and gone, but parts of New Hampshire are still digging out – and starting to repair the damage.
The Tuesday nor’easter caused so many downed trees in Moultonborough and the surrounding area that plows had still not been able to reach some parts of town by Friday, according to the town’s fire chief David Bengtson.
Over 20 inches of snow fell in the region, according to National Weather Service totals.
By Friday afternoon, there were still 1,788 customers without power in the town – about 30 percent of total customers – Bengtson said. The entire town is powered by New Hampshire Electrical Co-op, which was working on moving fallen trees and restoring power lines, especially along the Governor Wentworth Highway. The utility said about 12,000 customers throughout the state were without power at the peak of the storm.
“That area was extremely hard hit,” Bengtson said. “A number of poles are broken, trees are down.”
The chief said two of the town fire trucks had trees come down on top of them, and some people were temporarily stranded in their cars when electrical lines fell on vehicles.
Bengtson said emergency crews needed to treat any downed wires as potentially live until electrical crews could assess the situation. At the risk of the car becoming an electric conduit, he advised residents to stay inside the vehicle until crews were able to respond.
Even with all the trouble the storm caused, Bengtson said no injuries were reported.
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