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The Blizzard of 1978
Stacie Hanes

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The damage across northern New England was
felt especially at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and from Kittery to Eastport, Maine. Islands such as Matinicus and Monhegan
also sustained heavy damage. Route 1A was underneath about 4 feet of water (Fig 4.), and highway damages were estimated at
$1.5 million.

Almost 800 people were forced to evacuate their homes during the storm. A total of 270 houses were destroyed and 1500 more
damaged. In addition 238 businesses were damaged or destroyed. Total monetary damage estimates reached $14 million.

The storm lingered for almost 36 hours, making situations more dire for those who were isolated or disoriented by the
blizzard. It also allowed snowfall totals to increase over the region. This made potential rescues for those who needed
medical attention increasingly difficult (Fig 5).

Fig. 4 Fig. 5
Fig. 2 Fig. 3
 

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