TOWNSEND -- The Townsend Emergency Management Agency will host an informational session about the threat of flooding in Townsend tonight, Aug. 2.

The session, led by Nicole Belk of the National Weather Service, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Townsend Meeting Room.

Townsend emergency manager Shirley Coit said the session isn't to address any flooding emergencies, but to get out information.

"We haven't had a whole lot of flooding in Townsend but we're trying to promote interest in TEMA, and we thought this was something that might be interesting to people," Coit said.

Areas around the Squannacook and Nashua rivers are the most closely watched for flooding in town, she said.

She advises people to never try to travel through a flooded area, but to operate by the rule of thumb, "turn around, don't drown."

"You don't know what the condition of the road base is under the flooding. It might be that the road isn't there that you think is there. If you can't see the road, don't go through it," Coit said.

Coit said at the end of the session, attendees will be asked to share stories of their own experiences with flooding in Townsend.

The last major high-water incident in Townsend occurred in 2010, when flooding of the Squannacook and Nashua rivers closed roads. Townsend history books show old photographs of the flooding that occurred in 1932 when a hurricane hit the area.


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Rowboats were paddled along Route 119 in Townsend Harbor and the Cooperage suffered severe structural damage.

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