Day Three of Snowtober in Londonderry

No real updates from Town, State or PSNH since last night. Those updates were unchanged from the ones sent out or posted at around 4pm.  The PSNH 6am update had no new information, the storm update showed a small drop with 408 provided with power overnight.

Power Status in our region

  • AUBURN 1,638    74.15%
  • BEDFORD 4,174    46.31%
  • DERRY 8,686    62.14%
  • HUDSON 9,211    86.37%
  • LITCHFIELD 2,738    83.78%
  • LONDONDERRY  7,846    75.44%
  • MANCHESTER 24,231    43.61%
  • SANDOWN 952    88.81%
  • WINDHAM 4,864    99.69%

The most accurate news we have comes from Sen. Sharon Carson after a meeting with PSNH and other state senators yesterday. According to what they were told PSNH is “estimating up to a week, taking everything day by day.” When the senators asked a week from Monday or a week from the start on Saturday they were told “a week.”  It is expected in the next day that ETR’s (Estimated Times to Recovery) will be available.

Where’s Watty?

One of our readers sent us the most encouraging image yet. Bill P. shot the calvery staged at the Best Western by the Yard Resturant at about 7am this morning, he reports at least 40 Hydro Quebec trucks along with tree crews and PSNH supervisor trucks.

Hydro Quebec Trucks at the Yard Resturant 7am November 1st photo by Reaer Bill P.

No school again today as road cleanup continues. The town stopped listing closed roads yesterday, they had given the all clear until you the readers, in quite a flurry started posting blocked roads.  The Firefighters headed right out to inspect and remove what they could.

This morning Capt. Fred Heinrich just coming off shift recited from memory the streets that are closed. A street is considered closed when a school bus or fire truck can not get down the road.

  • Adams Road between Deer Crossing and Cross
  • Acropolis between 4 and 6 (access is available from both sides)
  • Cortland has a huge tree (the gate is open on 102 for access)
  • Page Road (access is from the Manchester side)
  • West Road is Blocked at number 24
  • Ross Road and Gail Road

Plea for help at the entrance to Acropolis on Route 102 in Londonderry

Report your power as out with PSNH. In the ice storm some areas had no power but when officials went down the street lights were on. That was reported as resolved, in some cases this delayed restoration to the homes.

PSNH
“We have made great progress since this restoration began in earnest on Sunday, but there is still a long way to go before it is complete,” said Dave Bickford, PSNH Director of Customer Operations. “The devastation caused by this unprecedented autumn storm remains evident as we drive around the state. Clearing trees, setting poles, and replacing wires takes a team effort by our local PSNH crews, and many others from across the nation and Canada”, Bickford added.

As of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday PSNH had restored power to more than 101,000 homes and businesses. The number of customers still without power was about 135,000, down from a peak of 237,000 thousand on Sunday afternoon. In addition to restoring power to customers, Monday’s efforts focused on critical community infrastructure like schools and municipal buildings. The few remaining schools that are without power will be the target of continued attention on Tuesday. Downed trees still litter many towns, and clearing roads remains a high priority in the southern tier of the state.

PSNH asks all customers who are without power, but have not yet reported their outage, do so by calling 1-800-662-7764 or through psnh.com. Customers need only report an outage once.

Hydro Quebec trucks staged at the Yard Resturant Monday morning at 7am

PSNH Shared some photos with us at 11:12am two of Londonderry Showing a tree on the wires. Many others from nearby towns showing reconstruction. You can view them at this link on Flicker.


Town of Londonderry

The Regional Shelter is still open for warming and overnight stay at 293 Mammoth Road Londonderry High School. Those wishing to stay overnight are urged to bring personal items such as blankets, sheets, pillows and hygiene supplies. Showers are available as well.

We were asked to communicate that no dogs are allowed state, other media outlets and some individuals are indicating that they are. No dogs allowed at the shelter.

In the evening 45 residents (this term is used for those in the shelter they may be from other areas) were checked in at the shelter. Reports were that Dancing with the Stars was the show of choice. This morning Capt. Fred Heinrich said, “We were expecting a few more to come in last night after the count for the governor. It is so nice to see how good everyone is treating each other at the shelter. These are difficult times for all of us, without power at my own home I can understand everyone’s frustrations.”

Capt. Heinrich also indicated they spent the day yesterday driving through town looking for generators that may be to close to or in a home. Many were found running in garages and the homeowners advised of proper operation. A dozen carbon monoxide detector calls were heard on the scanner yesterday. In most cases the cause was a generator running in a garage. You should have your generator 10 feet from the house and the gas 10 feet from the generator.

Many of our readers have reported that the ability to shower and clean up is priceless. Thanks have been expressed by twitter and in our comments to ALERT and the shelter workers.

State of New Hampshire Update
Note this came in at 11:42am and was not available when this story first published.

Governor Lynch, State Agencies Continue Storm Response and Recovery

CONCORD – Governor John Lynch this morning met with state emergency management and agency officials as part of the ongoing storm response and recovery efforts.

“We continue to communicate with the utilities to stress the importance of restoring power as quickly as possible. I toured several shelters yesterday and I understand the frustration people are expressing regarding the loss of power,” Governor Lynch said. “Many of our people are entering the third day without power and heat, and I urge those who continue to be without power to take the necessary precautions and to seek a warm place to stay if you need it.”

Utilities report that about 150,000 people are still without power, and the utilities continue to state it will likely be several more days before restoration is complete.

About 260 people stayed in shelters across the state last night, which was an increase over the 240 that stayed in shelters the previous evening.

Governor Lynch will again tour shelters in Manchester, Londonderry and Nashua, starting at 2 p.m. today.

As of this morning, all state roads are open, while a number of local roads remain closed.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Department of Resources and Economic Development have dispatched saw crews and wood chippers to some communities to assist with debris removal.

Yesterday, Governor Lynch requested that President Obama declare an emergency for all 10 counties in New Hampshire as a result of the storm.

If the request is granted, the declaration would make communities in New Hampshire eligible for federal disaster aid to help expedite clean up and recovery efforts, including aid in debris removal.

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  1. Vote -1 Vote +1RBerger

    Pretty sad that PSNH, after 3 days, can’t even give us an estimate. If they don’t know where the breaks are by now…. Supposedly an ETR report is due out by noon. We’ll see if that a) materializes; b) whether it contains any useful information besides the lip service we have been getting. Their web site is practically dead — very unresponsive.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1A Resident

    The header to the table says “Power Status in our region,” but the numbers shown appear to be percentage of households without power, rather than with; is that correct?

  3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Paul Yankowskas

    ETRs just posted at http://www.psnhnews.com/displaypage.cfm?pgid=117

    They’re saying 11/3 (Thursday) midnight for ETR 95% in Londonderry, midnight 11/4 for 99%.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Alison

      Yup, just saw that too…

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Paul Yankowskas

        One time when it’s best not to be “one of the 1%”. :)

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1RBerger

    Yes, just saw that. Hopefully, the reality will paint a better picture.

  5. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1George Herrmann

    Since 2008 we have had four major outages. That has to mean that much physical plant has been replaced and upgraded. I certainly think that a plan from PSNH that includes communication with their CUSTOMERS is in order. Perhaps some of our state reps should be pressuring the Public Utilities Commission to hold PSNH accountable instead of worrying about some of the other nonsense they seem so concerned about.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1RBerger

      Yes, their communications in the past 3-4 years gets a big fat ‘F’ for FAIL. All people need is information. Good or bad, some information is better than 3 days of nothing.

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1Lydia

    Psnh needs to have a crew in each town. Ready to be on call all year round this is the 4th major storm. In 2008 I was two weeks without power. Many went longer then that and had missed christmas. If psnh had an established crew in each town it would create more jobs. Many of your customers would have power within a couple of days. Not weeks. Many of us can not work when these outages happen. No money no food no bathrooms. Please psnh consider having large crews in each town year round, so we dont have to go so long with nothing. And perhaps you could convience the tree companies to do the same Thank you Lydia

  7. Very concerned that the tree is still hanging down over the roadway (Noyes Road) which is pushing down cables and lines. I have no clue if any are power lines, however, it is dangerous and is only two 1/2 feet above the roof of cars passing under it. It is also on a curve of the road so the drivers have to be on the wrong side of the roadway to get around it which adds further problems should someone come around the curve the other direction. I actually saw someone yesterday walking their dog right under it’s path. If that tree falls…it is going to be very dangerous should anyone be there. It is close to the Manchester road end of Noyes Road.

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