KEENE, NH- As a strong and possibly hazardous weather approaches Cheshire County, City of Keene Officials are preparing for whatever Mother Nature might have in store for the area over the next 24 hours.
While city officials say this is just a precautionary measure, meteorologist say the area could be hit with potential hazards such as strong winds, heavy rain and possibly even severe but isolated thunderstorms, between midnight on Tuesday and noon Wednesday. According to meteorologists the area is expected to receive strong wind gusts of at least 50 mph across the higher terrains, with the strongest winds occurring between 6pm Tuesday into Wednesday morning, along with 1 to 3 inches of rain; which has sparked concerns over possible localized flooding and potential isolated power outages.
In preparation for the coming weather the City’s Public Works Department has begun assessing all bridges, drop inlets and culverts for blockages. City officials also want to remind residents in or around the Beaver Brook corridor and West Keene area that have experienced flooding in the past, to consider moving items off floors in the event water does enter your home to also shut off all electrical and heating devices early to prevent damage. For those residents looking to make sandbags to combat flooding, sand is available at the Public Works Department’s 350 Marlboro Street parking lot directly in front of the main building entrance; and bags are available at the Keene Central Fire Station located at 32 Vernon Street in Keene.
Those residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Fire Chief/ Emergency Management Director Gary Lamoureux at 603-357-9861.