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Gov. Hassan tours NH flood damage

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LEBANON, N.H. -

The Upper Valley is in recovery mode following Tuesday's flash floods, especially Lebanon, N.H.

Rain and a broken water main ripped apart scenic Slayton Hill Road in Lebanon, leaving piles of dirt and broken pavement in its wake.

Gov. Maggie Hassan spent the day touring damage around the state.

"This is an incredibly dramatic situation and certainly of the things I've seen today, the worst," Hassan explained.

Residents only have one way back into their community, which just opened three weeks ago. Many didn't know what they would find under all this dirt.

Tina Giguere is one of nearly 50 people the damage left without a home. Her apartment is covered in mud, but she's not ready to start searching for a new one.

"Mine was one of the ones that got hit the worst, so I'm taking it one minute at a time. I'm not thinking long-term right now," Giguere said.

Across the Connecticut River in neighboring Windsor, Vt., road repairs are underway.

"A road that may have been 18-feet wide yesterday is now 9-feet wide today," Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh explained.

He says a significant washout on County Road-- a main artery to the hospital-- may take weeks to fix, but dirt roads should be patched in a matter of days.

"Everybody should have access to where they need to be now, it just may be a more inconvenient route," Marsh explained.

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, Governor Hassan is pursuing a disaster declaration for the damage there, that would allow the state access to federal aid.

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