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Flooding forces evacuations in Lebanon, NH

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LEBANON, N.H. -

Another round of severe storms hit the Upper Valley especially hard. An emergency operations center has been set up in Lebanon. And residents of a housing unit trapped by rising waters were evacuated Tuesday evening.

What used to be Slayton Hill Road in Lebanon turned into a river Tuesday afternoon. Water completely covered the road. There's no way in, no way out.

The biggest concern right now is what's at the bottom of the hill: the Rivermere Community Housing. Fifteen people from seven units were evacuated Monday night because of flooding. All residents of the complex were evacuated and accounted for.

"This was a shock to look out the window back there and suddenly see the whole area filling up with water," said Andrew Winter of Twin Pines Housing Trust.

Firefighters say Tuesday afternoon's storm came on so quickly, it trapped an unknown number of people there.

Washouts for residents on this road have been an ongoing problem, as storm after storm socks our region. The Goodwins and a couple friends made repairs to their Slayton Hill Road driveway before the afternoon deluge.

"You could hear rocks, good-sized rocks coming down the road," Lynne Goodwin said. "It was raining really hard and you could tell that the river sounded different than it normally does. We came down and we couldn't get across."

Just down the hill, the damage was more severe, with driveways buckled and broken, and long stretches of roadside destroyed.

Ace Esau of Ace Paving helped make repairs.

"No, I don't know them. I am just here doing some work," Esau said.

But the sudden storm Tuesday afternoon may have wiped out all that was fixed. Public works crews, police and firefighters were on scene Tuesday evening checking on the damage.

Police say they are not aware of any people stranded by the flooding or any injuries.

The flooding affected several roads in Lebanon.

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