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October 31, 2012

Granite Staters grateful damage wasn't worse

Many still left powerless after Sandy

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“We have close to 700 residents without power,” Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said.

Crews worked to remove downed trees as they were called in, Fitzgerald said. It kept roads passable throughout the storm, he said, but things could have been much worse.

“We have to be very thankful that the storm just didn’t materialize as we all feared,” he said. “We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and I think this storm helps people stay prepared.”

Pelham Selectmen’s Chairman William McDevitt said the town was spared flooding that often troubles the town during storms. Utilities were telling the town most would have power restored by tonight, Selectman Ed Gleason said, following a public safety briefing.

But Bush Hill Road looked a mess. Resident Cindi Maiocchi said she was unable to reach her home from either end of the road Monday because of downed wires and trees. A utility worker finally cut a path for her to reach her driveway.

But Maiocchi had issues on the homefront. Trees fell on her house and in the yard. The insurance company was going to pay only for the one that slammed into the home.

“Water has come in the living room and two bathrooms,” Maiocchi said.

Still, she was relieved she wasn’t home when the tree hit.

“I probably would have had a heart attack,” she said.

Staff writer John Toole contributed to this report.

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