Governor John Lynch Tours Flooded Areas of Plymouth State University

August 28th, 2011 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch got a first-hand look at some of the flooding around Plymouth State’s campus stemming from Tropical Storm Irene.

The August 28 storm dropped a large amount of rain in central New Hampshire, pushing the Pemigewasset River over its banks, and the resulting high water covered Route 175-A in Holderness and portions of the PSU athletic complex.

NH Governor John Lynch
Left to right, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, Plymouth Select Board Chair Valerie Scarborough and N.H. Governor John Lynch discuss flooding in the Plymouth area

Although the high water receded within a day after the storm, the Foley Gymnasium and the Ice Arena and Welcome Center both sustained minor flood damage. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Governor Lynch has long been a supporter of Plymouth State and his visit is an example of his commitment to the institution.

floodwater around PSU Ice Arena
PSU’s Ice Arena is surrounded by flood water Aug. 29

“The Governor has been personally involved with the emergency planning and preparedness relating to the storm for days, so it was good for him to come and actually see this,” said Steen. “I told the Governor we appreciate the prompt response of state agencies to this situation. Here we see first-hand the commitment the state of New Hampshire has to our region.”

The floodwaters were the seventh highest ever recorded in that area of Route 175-A.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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