, Derry, New Hampshire


November 1, 2012

Sandy knocks out Derry and Londonderry

Utility crews, residents clean up after Sandy


The Gulezians, like many other Brookview residents, have had their home flooded time and time again during storms.

But the only damage the Gulezians got from Sandy were some trash barrels strewn about.

In Derry, the waters of Beaver Lake remained calm.

Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives lives near the lake on Field Road. She said the lake and her home fared well.

“We had some limbs come down, nothing major,” she said. “We were lucky and so were my neighbors.”

Ives remembered last year’s October snowstorm.

“It was very different, let me tell you,” she said.

Derry Salvation Army officials were on standby throughout the storm, but had little to do.

“And that’s a good thing,” Salvation Army Lt. Chris Williams said.

Last year at this time, Williams said, he and his volunteers spent a lot of time going back and forth between regional shelters, providing food, drinks and emotional care to those impacted by the storm.

“Last year, it was a little bit crazy,” he said. “It was a lot easier this year; we didn’t even lose power.”

Williams said Salvation Army volunteers in this area may be called upon to go south and help in areas harder hit.

Londonderry residents Phil and Heather Cleobury didn’t think much of the storm. Phil Cleobury is originally from England, his wife from Canada.

“It was a bit over-hyped,” Phil Cleobury said.

The two lost power for a short time and were impressed with the response time by cleanup crews and line workers.

“Somebody had their act together,” he said. “It was well planned.”

Thomas credited utilities for giving people good information about the storm before it hit.

“They did a lot of (preliminary) work to let people know what to expect,” he said.

Having schools closed helped, too, he said.

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