…And The Floods Moved North

Floods destroyed large areas of Alstead, NH.The rains this weekend swelled the rivers to flood stage in south-western New Hampshire. As much as half of Keene is said to be under water. Further north, the small and historic downtown of Alstead has been washed away.

This picture comes from the Portsmouth Herald, and reports in the Washington Post from Keene and Alstead add detail. The current death count is five, according to NHPR news, and NH Governor John Lynch has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. Many hundreds of people have been evacuated and are waiting for the waters to recede.

Inspectors say the flood control damns are at full capacity but are holding — for the moment. Predicted rains for tonight and through the week are worrying people, though…