The Storm that Slammed NH This Week May be Over but Hazards Remain
Photo — White Mountain National Forest A hiker on a north country trail
CAMPTON— High winds and rain from this week's storm have ravaged portions of the north country, prompting a warning from forest service officials with the White Mountain National Forest.
Extremely high wind have created blow downs around the forest and raised the water levels in rivers and streams. Trees, limbs and debris are blocking trails, have impacted day-use sites and made some roads impassable.
"We had employees out across the forest the last few days," Colleen Mainville with the White Mountain National Forest said Friday. "We've been out and about as much as possible. There's quite a bit of damage. Some trail bridges have been eroded and severely damaged, and some trails are blocked."
The storm earlier this week knocked power out for over 300,000 New Hampshire residents. Flood warnings were posted, about 200 roads were closed and schools were shut or delayed for days.
The storm is a memory for most, though cleanup continues and some still remain without power in some areas of the state. Mainville emphasized that people looking to head north for recreation should be prepared to change their plans based on the conditions they find.
"The biggest point we want to make is there are trail and road closures," she said. "Be smart. Go another day."
Information released by the forest service urged people to not go around gates or road barricades.
"Right now we're still responding to damage and finding out where it is," Mainville said. "It's a pretty big forest."
The forest service is asking that people who are in the area to report any storm damage they may encounter either on a road, trail, recreation site or campground to the White Mountain National Forest at (603) 536-6100.
Current conditions will be posted on the forest service website as they become available.