Hassan declares state of emergency as heavy rain causes flooding in N.H.
Gov. Maggie Hassan this morning declared a state of emergency in New Hampshire after heavy rain caused flooding in some parts of the state.
Hassan’s declaration took effect at 6 a.m. and will allow her “to mobilize state assets and resources more effectively,” according to a news release from her office. Flooding has been reported especially in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties, her office said.
“In the last 24 hours, the state has received nearly four inches of rain, including more than three inches in the span of an hour in some communities,” Hassan said a statement. “The state’s Emergency Operations Center is active and we are in constant contact with local responders, ready to provide assistance as requested. With additional rain possible throughout the day, we continue to encourage Granite Staters not to drive through flooded roadways and to contact local emergency officials for assistance.”
The Emergency Operations Center had opened yesterday afternoon in response to flooding in the Upper Valley.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Cheshire and Hillsborough counties through this evening.
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