Rains cause flooding in Nashua area, southern part of the state

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The rains brought flooding to southern New Hampshire and may have contributed to a building collapse in Manchester. It also closed a number of schools and shut some roads throughout the Nashua area.

“There’s high water all over the place,” said an Amherst police dispatcher Friday morning. Several roads in that town, including portions of Boston Post Road, Stearns Road and Route 122 by the Amherst Country Club, were shut due to high water.

Route 28 remained closed Friday morning in Salem near the Massachusetts line as was Route 124 in Troy.

Salem offcials say they’ve seen 6 1/2 inches of rain in the last day and a half. Some residents have been evacuated from a trailer park in the town.

A pond used for artificial snow for a ski area in Bennington was being drained and watched to prevent damage to Route 27.

In Pelham a small dam gave way, while the Piscataquog River spilled over in spots in Weare and Goffstown.

A flooded parking lot in Hooksett closed the Kmart early.

A closed bowling alley building collapsed in downtown Manchester, spilling bricks on a parked car. District Fire Chief Nick Campasano said water that apparently collected on the flat roof of the one-story structure fell in and pushed out the front wall onto Concord Street. He said an unidentified woman who was putting coins in a parking meter on the street escaped serious injury. He said she was treated at the scene.

The National Weather Service said rainfall across the areas is going to diminish very slowly. More clouds, cooler weather, rain and snow are expected Sunday, with accumulations into Monday.

Telegraph staff writer David Brooks contributed to this report.