Girl Dies in Campground Flood

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August 8, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

A 7-year-old girl was swept away in a flash flood and died Thursday (Aug. 7) night at a campground in Ashland, N.H.
Ashland, located 40 miles north of Manchester, was worst hit in a storm that killed the girl, swept away roads and displaced dozens of people, according to the Concord (N.H.) Monitor.
The girl was in a sport-utility vehicle with her family at the Ames Brook Campground when the rain hit, said Ashland Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ober. Her father got out of the vehicle, which was carried 1,000 yards downstream by a flash flood. Her mother and a sibling were rescued. Ober said he did not know whether the family lived in the area. Other details were unavailable.
A torrential downpour washed out roads and brought trees, stumps and other debris through the campground.
Twenty-nine people were evacuated from the campground, taking temporary shelter in the elementary school cafeteria in Ashland.
The rainfall was extreme, and it fell on ground saturated by weeks of above-normal precipitation caused by slow-moving, drenching storms.
Sections of the Winnipesaukee Railroad tracks were compromised by gravel erosion. A 40-foot section of track was hanging 10 feet above the ground, said Laconia Police Capt. Steven Clark.

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