DERRY — An overnight icy rain Monday brought slush and flooded roads.
From flooded roadways to motor vehicle accidents and water filled basements, town crews were kept busy Monday.
Derry Public Works director Michael Fowler said the early part of the day brought slippery conditions, causing some traffic delays and backups.
“We had to deal with the sleet, ice and rain early on,” Fowler said.
Derry also had its usual four or five locations that traditionally bring high waters once a lot of rain falls.
That, added in with all the extra snowmelt, caused rising waters to top over culverts in some problem areas.
Fowler said the biggest trouble spots were near North High Street and Folsom Road, an area at North Shore off Island Pond Road, and a section of Route 102 near Beaver Lake at the intersection of Tsienneto Road.
All those locations were posted with travel warnings about high water.
Another location off Fordway near the dog park also had high water levels. All were open to traffic by early Monday afternoon as water levels stabilized and then dropped, Fowler said.
He said the long, wet winter may also push back some Public Works projects for several weeks until ground dries out.
“It’s the cleanup stuff,” he said. “We still have some frost in the ground and a lot of puddles and swales.”
In Londonderry, fire department officials were kept busy not only with early-morning accidents, but with many calls for help due to flooded basements.
“It started early on,” Battalion Chief Jim Roger said. “We had seven houses that we were pumping basements.”
The extra work brought on more manpower, Roger said, with trucks being rotated to tackle the basement calls along with the regular service calls throughout the day.
Crews also prepared sandbags to try and keep ahead of the game, Roger said.
The flooded homes were located in various parts of town, he noted, from the central area up to the northern edge of Londonderry. Basement water levels ranged from a few inches up to several feet of water.
Roads were also flooded in some spots and still down to one lane traffic by early afternoon Monday.
Certain areas always seem to bear the brunt of high water, Roger said, including the Brookview area and spots on Rockingham Road. Other locations fare better now that new culverts have been installed.