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October 31, 2012

Salisbury, Seabrook seashore weather Sandy

Officials say communities 'lucky' damage wasn't worse

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“If we get another big storm, it won’t give the beach time to replenish itself,” Levesque said.

Fire officials in both communities said there were no major fires or accidents, but their departments were kept busy Monday responding to wind-related damage. Falling tree limbs brought down electrical wires that caused outages, sparking wires and blocked roadways. In Salisbury, the fire department responded to two fallen trees, one of which crushed a trailer on Beach Road and the other a garage in the Salisbury Plains.

“But we had no extensive flooding that I know of,” Town Manager Neil Harrington said yesterday. “No businesses flooded out on Bridge Road. The Town Creek tide gate held and we’ll be starting the work to (permanently replace it) in mid-November.”

As of mid-afternoon yesterday, both towns still had patches of power outages. In Salisbury, about 625 were without electricity, mostly at the beach, according to National Grid’s outage map. Harrington said National Grid placed one of its representatives in Salisbury, who attended all emergency meetings. The town was also able to contact the company as soon as things happened, which Harrington believes helped prevent problems from arising as they had in previous storms.

In Seabrook, Unitil’s outage map as of 1 p.m. yesterday indicated there were 114 residences without electricity, including the home of fire Chief Everett Strangman. But the Route 1 retail district maintained its power, unlike during last year’s October blizzard that shut down power to most stores and the busy roadway’s traffic signals, causing dangerous driving conditions.

To help residents clean up from the storm, the Salisbury DPW is extending the hours of its Drop-Off Recycling Center for a few days. The center on Old County Road, which is usually open on Saturdays only, will accept yard waste such as leaves, brush and limbs 4 inches in diameter or smaller tomorrow through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The extra collection hours are for this week only.

In Seabrook, the transfer station is open daily so residents can drop off storm debris.

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