A Job Well Done!
We want to publicly thank each and every member of our Harrisville Volunteer Fire, Police and Road departments for the excellent response to our recent water emergency Friday night of 8/17/18, into Saturday and Sunday 8/18-19. The response was swift. There were no injuries nor loss of human life during a very perilous time. Our Town Office Employees have picked up and continued the efforts to help with communications between other towns similarly affected, and our State contacts for potential mitigation assistance. An extra thanks as well to the Town of Nelson Road Department for ongoing assistance with personnel and equipment!
Our Team assisted a wedding party down State Highway: Dublin Road, as water, mud and debris coursed across the road, taking a large portion of one our Scenic Roads with it. Some couple will have quite a story to tell! On another road, one of our Road crew was the first responder to a townsperson stuck in her car, as water swept the road off the bed into the woods, assisting her to safety, while another party was able to get her home. She was able to retrieve her car 3 days later. Volunteer Firefighters assisted people with wet basements. All roads were swiftly marked for personal safety. Many of us have stories to tell!
The destruction will take quite a while to fully repair. There are many private properties with debris and water damage. There are seven Town Roads requiring significant repair by our Harrisville Road Crew, seven more requiring some Road Crew attention. There are two State roads with significant damage, to be repaired by NH Department of Transportation. By Sunday, all homes were accessible by ambulance or fire access. The work continues, taking priority over other projects in the pipeline. We and our families are thankful for the safety of all. We are pleased to enjoy living in such a caring town. We want to say “Job Well Done” to our Town Employees and Volunteers of Harrisville. When the going is tough, Harrisville gets going!
Kathy Scott with Jay Jacobs and Jon Miner, Select Board
Harrisville is a small New Hampshire town centered around a uniquely preserved and historic 19th century industrial mill complex. Located in the heart of the Monadnock region it is comprised of 10 lakes and ponds, a rehabilitated brick and granite mill surrounded by a quaint village with a traditional New England general store and a summer farmers market. Our beautiful town, set just off Route 101 and nestled against a picturesque rural backdrop, boasts a vibrant community with active farms, people practicing traditional and digital-age trades, and a wealth of artists and artisans. It is a much-loved vacation destination for families escaping hot urban summers as well as a great place to live year-round, raise a family, or retire in peaceful quietude.