Unbelievable footage has shown the devastation caused in New Hampshire‘s coastal towns after a storm brought intense rainfall, high winds, and widespread flooding.
Entire neighborhoods were left swamped underwater in Hampton Beach following hours of heavy deluge and high tides – triggering an emergency along the coast.
Hampton Beach’s emergency was declared because of the extremely high seas and flooding – as they temporarily closed roads and opened evacuation centers.
Devastating footage from the scene showed waves crashing ashore as homes and businesses in the oceanfront neighborhoods were engulfed by water.
The severe flooding today was caused by a threefold effect. Heavy rain washed out the area overnight, while mild winter temperatures melted snow that fell over the weekend, and the storms then brought raging waves that added to the tumult.
Officials declared an emergency at Hampton Beach because of the extremely high seas and flooding – as they temporarily closed roads and opened evacuation centers
Horrific footage from the scene showed waves crashing ashore as homes and businesses in the oceanfront neighborhoods were engulfed by water
A major storm drenched the Northeast and slammed it with fierce winds
A person clears debris from the front steps as his home is surrounded by floodwaters in Hampton, New Hampshire
As a result, the rampant coastal flooding, not helped by 50 mph winds, was deemed as extreme as people woke up on Wednesday morning.
As of 4pm, there were 1,509 people without power in New Hampshire.
In Connecticut, a dam broke early on Wednesday, leading to local evacuations. Norwich Public Utilities said that they had been notified by the break on the Yantic River earlier this morning after torrential downpours.
The problem along the coast in the Northeast is expected to continue into Thursday.
Hampton Police Department said in a statement: ‘An emergency has been declared as a result of extremely high seas and flooding.
A fire truck drives through a flooded road in Hampton, New Hampshire
As of 4pm, there were 1,509 people without power in New Hampshire
The rampant coastal flooding, not helped by 50 mph winds, was deemed as extreme as people woke up on Wednesday morning
The severe flooding today was caused by a threefold effect. Heavy rain washed out the area overnight, while mild winter temperatures melted snow that fell over the weekend, and the storms brought raging waves that added to the tumult
Several homes were overtaken by water along the Hampton Beach strip, as the deluge of flood water wiped out neighborhoods
‘Ocean Boulevard is temporarily closed down. Please avoid the area .
‘If you live in the area please shelter in place. If evacuation is necessary please contact the police department.
‘Evacuation shelter for this event will be Hampton Academy gymnasium.’
Several homes were overtaken by water along the Hampton Beach strip, as the deluge of flood water wiped out neighborhoods.
Firefighters and first responders were seen making their way through the knee-high flood water in a bid to help trapped locals. Other residents were seen making their way through the neighborhood via canoe.
Footage taken from above showed the extent of the damage. Homes were left underwater, and many roads were deemed impassable during high tide.
Hampton Police Chief Alex Reno said: ‘This was supposed to be 11.7-foot tide this morning. It ended up being 13.83.’
A woman yells at vehicles in frustration telling them not to come down her side street as she tries to control flooding in her neighborhood
Entire neighborhoods were drenched in flood water on Wednesday
A car pushes through a flooded road in Hampton, New Hampshire
Flood waters inundate the town on January 10
The Atlantic Ocean spills over the seawall and flows into an intersection on Ocean Blvd. in Hampton
He warned that the community needs to stay alert for what is to come tomorrow at high tide. The public has been barred from going to the beach as first responders continue to help those in need.
Local police in Seabrook Beach warned that there were extremely high levels of water in the area, adding: ‘If you must travel to Seabrook Beach use caution and be aware of water levels on and around the roadway.
‘Do not attempt to travel over flooded roads.’
Salisbury Police in Massachusetts said: ‘Please do not attempt to drive around barricades or through standing water as it could be much deeper than it looks and could disable your vehicle.’
This comes after nearly one million Americans woke up on Wednesday without power after storms battered states across the country, killing five people.
The major storm drenched the Northeast and slammed it with fierce winds, knocking out power lines and downing as wind gusts reached 45 to 55 mph.
Homes and vehicles are surrounded by flood waters in Hampton, New Hampshire
Andy Winde his son Conner work to connect a pump to syphon flood waters, at their home in Hampton, New Hampshire
Homes are surrounded by flood waters in Hampton
This follows a day of tornadoes and deadly incidents in the South and snow blizzards in the Midwest and Northwest.
The wild weather came as portions of the Northeast were still digging themselves out from a Nor’easter that dumped a foot of snow over the weekend.
Thousands of homes and businesses were in the dark along coastal areas that were lashed by wind and rain, with New Jersey under a state of emergency.
In Wisconsin, one person was killed in a car crash due to poor road conditions during heavy snowfall on Tuesday morning.
While another crash killed a 35-year-old woman in Webber Township, Michigan, on Tuesday afternoon.
In Alabama, an 81-year-old woman was killed on Tuesday morning when a possible tornado blew her mobile home over multiple times while she was inside.
Another person died after severe weather damaged residences at a mobile home park in Claremont, North Carolina.
While in Jonesboro, Georgia, a tree collapsed onto the windshield of a car on Tuesday, killing the driver.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm.
Many streets and roads were flooded and rivers were rising after some areas got up to 3 inches of rain since Tuesday night.