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PHOTOS: For a moment on Monday, much of the Upper Valley marveled at a rainbow

Photo by Tom Caruso. Taken from Railroad Row in White River Junction on Monday, April 30, 2018. “Sometimes in the throes of winter, it’s hard to remember what a beautiful place the upper valley can be,” Tom wrote on Facebook. “Then all of a sudden, it hits you right in the face.”

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday, I looked out my kitchen window in White River Junction and thought, “Holy smokes! Look at that sky!”

It was dark and cloudy to the east while the sun was dropping low in the west, illuminating houses and trees in golden light against a deep, moody backdrop.

So I took a walk around my neighborhood, ending up on Highland Avenue (near Hartford’s high and middle schools), where I saw a little sliver of rainbow (my picture is below).

Turns out, around that time, Tom Caruso (whose picture is above) and a bunch of other Upper Valley residents — particularly in the core of White River Junction and West Lebanon — were taking in the same sight.

It’s kind of neat to think about a bunch of people looking up at the same thing across a region, so this post includes a bunch of their pictures (all used with permission). The map below marks where the photos were shot.

If you have more to share, please post them in the comments on our Facebook post!

Photo by Maggie Cassidy. Taken from Highland Avenue in White River Junction on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Katie Ouelette. Taken from the Lebanon (N.H.) Airport on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Heather Albrecht. Taken from her home along the White River on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Deborah Pasho. Taken from the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Anthony Warburton. Taken from the Bradford, Vt., looking toward Piermont, N.H., on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by JT McMahon. Taken from Route 12A in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

And last but not least, the view from the Valley News parking lot!

Monday, April 30, 2018.

EDIT: And one more! From the @lebnh Instagram, also taken from the airport.

EDIT: Even more are rolling in on Wednesday morning!

Photo by Dave I. Taken from the Wal-Mart parking lot in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Deb Sturmlinger Shinnlinger. Taken from the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.


Places to get warm, charge your phone following today’s widespread power outages

Gabriel Bates, 13, of Canaan, N.H., walks with his drink from Canaan Village Pizza to dry land on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Canaan, N.H. An overnight storm caused the Indian River to flood. Gabriel’s dad works at Canaan Village Pizza and was helping deal with the flooding. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Cross-posting these announcements from town officials below. If you know of anything else that should be on this list, email me at mcassidy@vnews.com. Click here to read the Valley News’ full reporting on power outages, flooding, blocked roads, etc.


The Dunbar Free Library is open today until 7:30PM and we have phone, heat, power, Wi-Fi and coffee (compliments of the Friends, donations welcome). We still plan to be open for “town wide trick-or-treating” tomorrow from 5:30-7PM, so drop in and watch the costume parade from a warm spot!

Dawn Huston, Director
Dunbar Free Library
PO box 1580
401 Rte. 10 South
Grantham, NH 03753


Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:17:24 -0400
From: EOC Lyme <lymeeoc@LYMENH.GOV>
Subject: Weather event 10/29-10/30/2017

*The Lyme Emergency Operations Center is monitoring* the current situation
which continues secondary to loss of power for about 301 residences. Both
NH Electrical Coop and Eversource customers are affected. The power outages
involve a wide area involving NH, Massachusetts and Maine. The power
companies expect a multi day response. Winds and possible rain are still
expected this afternoon.

Dorchester Rd is passable after High Street but please do not violate the
road block at Lyme Inn.
Dorchester Road is one lane in the #420-500 area secondary to downed power
River Road South has downed trees on wires as does River Rd north above
East Thetford
Pout Pond is blocked by fallen tree.

For those of you *without power and no generators* the Dowd Country Inn and
private residences have offered warmth and shelter, thank you for your
hospitality. You may call me for further information at 795-4457 if you
have questions.
For those of you *with generators* please make sure you have adequate fuel
and run those generators with adequate ventilation. That goes for kerosene
heaters as well.

*Lastly* the barriers that have been erected around active power lines are
not meant to be used as an obstacle course to maneuver around. Severe
injuries including death can be sustained if you mess with a live wire. Be
safe. Margaret

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg
Emergency Management Director
Town of Lyme


The Abbott Library has power and heat! If you need to warm up, check your email or charge your electrical devices, please stop by! Tell your friends and neighbors too! Also, please see the notice below from the Sunapee Police Department. Thank you and stay safe.

The Sunapee Police and Sunapee Fire Departments are aware that there are Sunapee residents still without power after Sunday’s storm. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of a warm place or an opportunity to take a warm shower, please call or stop by the Sunapee Safety Services building. The building is open to residents to get warm and use the facilities. We realize that due to power outages, residents may not be getting these messages so please help us by directing someone you know who is still without power to the Safety Services building for anything we can help with. Please call 763-5555.

The Sunapee Police & Fire Departments are proud to serve our community.

Vermont National Guard

Vermont State Emergency Operations Center
October 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717

Vermont National Guard armories open for those without electric service

WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont National Guard is opening the doors to some of its armories to allow the public to charge their cell phones, access running water and toilets, and warm up.

The facilities are now open and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday:

99 Fairground Rd., Bradford
134 Pearl St., Enosburg Falls
4 Overlook Dr., Lyndonville
45 Farr Ave., Morrisville
18 Fairfield St., St. Albans
13 Ferris St., Swanton
23 Armory Ln., Westminster

Overnight Red Cross shelters will also open later today. Locations will be announced when plans are finalized.

The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains staffed to assist with wind storm recovery.