CONWAY — Local roads, including Route 16 from Burger King into North Conway Village, were covered with at least a foot of water Wednesday evening, Conway police said on their Facebook page as they urged drivers to use caution when traveling and avoid the area if possible until the rain subsided.
Comments on the post talked about heavy rains and flooding in North Conway and Intervale, and pictures posted elsewhere on Facebook showed standing water on roads and cars throwing up spray as they passed through it on Route 16 and side streets in North Conway Village. At the same time, others were commenting that Bartlett and Fryeburg saw only a little rain.
In one comment, Katie Treamer said, “Water is ankle deep at the TD Bank parking lot in North Conway.”
But the roadway quickly cleared once the rain stopped and by 7 p.m., Main Street in North Conway Village the water had dissipated.
On Thursday morning, Conway Emergency Management Director Matt Leavitt reiterated that there was flooding in North Conway and water had entered the Hampton Inn. The hotel remained open but cleaning continued into Thursday.
He said a tree hit a camper trailer at Eastern Slope Camping Area. There were no injuries.
Police logs say the camper incident was reported about 6:15 p.m.
“North Conway got hammered pretty hard,” said Leavitt.
Local National Weather Service Observer Ed Bergeron said Conway received 2.94 inches of water over the course of an hour yesterday and the fact that it came down so fast “made the difference” in effect.
Sun reader Kati DeGroot took photos and video of flooding in downtown North Conway at around 6:30 p.m. She said the water was deep enough to hit the under-body of a sedan.
“There were smaller cars turning around because of how deep it was,” she said.
There wasn’t much damage in Carroll County. “Most of the flooding and damage seemed to be localized to the Conway are,” said Carroll County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Santuccio. “For the rest of the towns that we dispatch for, we only had a few trees down and a few alarms.”
The National Weather Service posted several hazardous weather outlook advisories, beginning on Monday, forcasting thunderstorms with heavy rains and high winds for Wednesday.
Wednesday night, the warning was updated to include a flash flood watch in effect until Thursday morning.
Elsewhere in New Hampshire, WMUR reported Thursday, a Littleton man died in a car accident on Route I-93 in Lincoln during the storm.
Investigators said the driver, Jonathan Pelosi, 36, of Littleton, lost control, spun out and rolled off the highway. He was killed in the accident and a passenger, a man from Lyndonville, Vt., was seriously injured.
Police said it appeared a mechanical defect combined with a burst of heavy rain might have led to the crash, but also noted the men were not wearing seatbelts.
The National Weather Service posted a hazardous weather outlook again on Thursday at about 3 p.m., warning of more scattered showers and gusty winds through Thursday night before clearing Friday morning. The forecast for the weekend is mostly sunny, with scattered showers possible on Saturday.