Tuesday October 30, 2012

HINSDALE, N.H. -- With Hurricane Sandy fast-approaching, the director of the Hinsdale Emergency Management Office Monday afternoon said all necessary preparations pertaining to Hurricane Sandy have been completed.

Cliff Hastings said his department will pay special attention to town culverts and areas throughout Hinsdale that have proved problematic during similar situations in the past. He also said he will try to keep all roads open so emergency vehicles can get around and will compile all data and pass it along to all appropriate facilities.

"All we can do we now is sit tight, let it come and react to the problems that occur because of it," he said.

He said he already expects plenty of fallen power lines. He said it is very important that townspeople do not approach any downed wires.

Chesterfield’s road agent said the highway department has similarly been preparing for Hurricane Sandy by cleaning culverts and making sure all waterways are as open as they can be to avoid flooding.

Bart Bevis said the ironic thing is that the town was not all affected by Tropical Storm Irene, which devastated parts of Vermont in August 2011.

"We’ll probably get some payback this time around," he said. "We’ll be standing by."

Walpole Police Sgt. Justin Sanctuary said the town’s fire department is monitoring culverts and notorious flood areas and his department is staying on the road, looking for downed trees and power lines.


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"We’re acting as the eyes and ears," he said.

He said emergency personnel will be at the ready and will respond accordingly.