CHESTER – A fast moving but damaging storm passed over southern New Hampshire on the evening of Monday, July 28, tossing down trees and taking out power lines in the north of town.
Between 5 and 7 p.m. police officers, fire department members and the highway crew responded to call after call for downed trees and limbs. The heaviest damage was seen on portions of Chester Street and Candia Road, according to police Lt. Aaron Berube.
It was a hectic evening for Berube and officer Scott Haggart as they responded to back-to-back calls, Berube said.
Road agent Mike Oleson was called out to remove downed trees and limbs and brought out the department’s employees to help. The equipment is all in place for emergencies and as such damaging storms are a bit of a routine, all he needs is to call in the workers and everyone knows what to do.
The biggest tree came down on Smith Road, Oleson said.
The damage was largely confined to roads and power lines, but one garage on Smith Road was hit.
Oleson said the big debris had been removed overnight to make sure all roads were passable, but that clean-up from the storm would continue for days. The crew was out moving brush and chipping Tuesday morning and with the heavy rains, all of the town’s dirt roads were damaged. Oleson said he planned to bring in a grader by the end of the week or the start of the next.
Utility companies were on the scene soon after the storm hit and worked through the night to get power restored. As the Tri-Town Times went to press, some scattered outages remained.