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Heavy downpour causes local flooding, displaces two people in Concord

  • Two people and their two cats were displaced from their home on Federal Street in Concord after heavy rains Wednesday night. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • A washed out area around the foundation at 21 Federal Street is seen in Concord on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Tenets were temporarily relocated when the basement was flooded. Water continues to flow down the street as multiple residents pump out their basements. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Water continues to flow down the street as multiple residents pump out flooded basements on Federal Street in Concord on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff



Thursday, August 09, 2018

Two people were displaced from their home Wednesday evening in Concord, which was the hardest-hit spot in the region by a band of storms that moved through New England.

The Red Cross is helping two adults who, with their two cats, were displaced from their home in Federal Street due to flooding.

Wednesday’s storms were very localized as shown by rainfall data gathered by the volunteer group CoCoRaHS. A gauge in Concord measured a whopping 3.31 inches over the 24 hours before 7 a.m. Thursday, while a gauge in Dunbarton reported 1.44 inches, one in Northwood had 1 inch, and Weare barely saw one-third of an inch.

The downpour also damaged West Sugar Ball Road, which was reduced to one lane. It should be back to two lanes by Friday, although one lane will be gravel for a time.

Spot flooding was reported throughout the state, in many cases because the heavy rain fell in a short amount of time, overwhelming drainage systems and turning parking lots into shallow lakes, and not because of the total amount of rain.

The recent rains have removed all of New Hampshire from official drought category, according to the National Weather Service, although about one-third of the state is still considered “abnormally dry” because the accumulated rainfall for the year remains below average.