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Utility: ATVs, snowshoes used to do nor’easter repair work

March 21, 2017

TUFTONBORO, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire utility says it’s restored power to all of its customers affected by last week’s nor’easter, with some crews using all-terrain vehicles and snowshoes to replace poles and hang wire in areas that couldn’t be reached by trucks.

The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative said Tuesday the damage caused by the storm was rivaled by only the 1998 ice storm, which knocked out power to more than 50,000 Co-op members, some for up to two weeks.

By comparison, the storm’s impact was less widespread — 15,000 Co-op members lost power at the peak of the storm March 14. But in the northern Lakes Region, the storm toppled pine trees in Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Sandwich and Tuftonboro and left many areas inaccessible for days.

About 55,000 customers in New Hampshire lost power during the storm’s peak.

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