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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.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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...and the CM ignores national news about the utter debacle called ObamaKare.....Liberal media again does a disservice to it low information democrat readers

This is not a "state of emergency" it is a "state of inconvenience". Yes a few roads washed out but people can still get around. The only town that was "cut off" from civilization has already been "reconnected" to civilization in less than 24 hours. I heard of no deaths and no homes destroyed. I did see pictures of debris in yards and people being helped to "walk across" an overflowing stream. Too dangerous to stay home but not so dangerous as to actually walk through the stream. Reporters always try to show the worst damage they can find and from what was reported they had to look hard for anything more than isolated spots. Most pictures showed people taking the water in stride. No doubt today there will be the cries of politicians for FEMA to come in and deal with all the massive devastation. But hey, last year the state got a snowstorm deemed a federal disaster because it took a little extra time to plow the road. The NH Advantage - always get someone else to pay.

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