Portsmouth: Sandy floods roads, jams transfer station

Portsmouth: Sandy floods roads, jams transfer station

This letter detailing the 1938 hurricane was recently shared with the newspaper.

PORTSMOUTH — Those who hoped to drop their trash at the transfer station Saturday ahead of the storm faced colossal lines. At times the lines stretched along Hedly Street and far into the Portsmouth Business Park.

Those who weren’t dumping their trash were apparently filling up their cars’ gasoline tanks. The Cumberland Farms station at the corner of Sprague Street and East Main Road  was out of gas Saturday evening.

At 10:30 a.m., a branch fell and knocked down a wire by a Cottage Avenue house. Firefighters were called after the resident reported “everything smoking … “Do not touch the chain link fence,” headquarters warned emergency workers.

Honors for first street to flood was Cedar Avenue in Island Park. Flooding was reported there at 8:48 a.m. Monday. Nearby Marine Avenue wasn’t far behind.

High tide was at shortly after 8 a.m. Monday with the next high tide due after 8 p.m.