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FEMA tours NH storm damage

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A deluge last week on Slayton Hill in Lebanon left thousands of dollars of damage in its wake. Albert Craig witnessed the flood firsthand.

Reporter Adam Sullivan: So, you were actually trapped?

Albert Craig: Oh yeah, we were trapped here because of the river coming down Slayton Hill. We were trapped here. The fire department came and we had ropes for us to get across.

When the water receded, the road no longer existed. Crews have been working nonstop to put the pieces back together. In the meantime, residents have been hoofing it in and out.

"It's not bad in the morning, but yesterday when I walked back up, I was sopping wet and I barely got home," said Amelia Sereen, a Slayton Hill resident.

But despite the damage to Sereen's home and those around her, things are beginning to look up.

"I have water and electricity now. I think they are going to lift the boil water order," she said.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and city officials toured the damage to public infrastructure Tuesday. Inspection of personal property loss will come at a later date. As the rebuilding continues, the lasting damage is apparent.

"I have done a fair number of disasters. This was a pretty intense microburst. They were telling me that this was more damage that they saw in Hurricane Sandy and (Tropical Storm) Irene," said Katherine Bond of FEMA.

In order for New Hampshire to qualify for a federal disaster declaration, it will have to meet certain criteria. Right now, it is not clear if and when that will happen. But what is clear-- a lot more work needs to be done.

Paul Hatch of the Department of Homeland Security said it's too early to talk about numbers, "It is. This is just data collection at this point because we are also looking at two other counties. We are also looking at Sullivan County and Cheshire County."

There are about 100 damage sites throughout Lebanon, Slayton Hill being by far the worst. The data will be collected and presented to Gov. Maggie Hassan in about a week, and from there she can make a formal request for federal disaster relief.

Anyone in Lebanon seeking private assistance can stop by the Lebanon High School Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Officials will be on hand to offer the resources that are available.

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