Ice flows cause headaches for students at NH university, area roads reopen
The flooding across Route 175A has subsided, according to officials monitoring the situation, but high water is still affecting the Plymouth State University campus.
A Department of Transportation official said Monday morning that the water has subsided and Route 175A has been reopened.
Bill Boynton, a spokesman for the state's Department of Transportation, said the only closure in the state Monday morning was the Janice Peaslee Bridge, linking New Hampshire to Vermont. Boynton said the closure was because of flooding in Vermont.
Robert Lamontagne, maintenance supervisor for the DOT's District 3 said Monday there was no damage to the roadway that the department was aware of. "We just waited for it to subside. All we can do is let Mother Nature take its course."
An accumulation of ice on the Pemigewasset River caused water to flow over the road and closed Exit 25 on I-93 Sunday.
The ice arena parking lot at PSU remained closed Monday morning after this alert was posted on the Plymouth State University website Sunday:
Due to the potential for flooding, all vehicles MUST be removed immediately from the Ice Arena parking lots (601, 602, and 603), ALLWell North, and PE Center. Cars not removed by 9:30 a.m. will be towed.
Cars may be moved to the Langdon Woods, Residential North, Belknap/Pemi lots, or any faculty/staff/commuter lots.
Additionally, students may use on-street parking at metered or otherwise legal spaces on streets contiguous to campus, including Langdon, Merrill, or High Streets. Parking enforcement regulations are relaxed on those streets during the flood emergency.
Do not park in Plymouth community residential areas, on Main Street, in Speare Hospital lots, or in the local church parking lots. Cars parked in these areas will be ticketed or towed.
A text alert and e-mail will be sent when the flood emergency has passed at which time normal parking regulations will resume.
A police evacuation order for North and South River Street in Holderness was lifted shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.
Diane Syrek, who works at Annie's Overflow Restaurant in Holderness, said Monday that certain areas were spared.
"We never had a breech on this side. We were very lucky this time," Syrek said, although the road below the restaurant was closed for part of Sunday. "We're pretty much out of the woods — for the moment."