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April 8th, 2012 by Gina Sawaya

  

Remember this? In spring of 2006, almost exactly 70 years after the flood I reported last week, Shawsheen was under water. This is the soccer field across from the Andover Hockey Shop. I remember my dad and I drove around Andover just to see the damage. Shawsheen was by far the worst and most exciting place in Andover that spring.  

For many older Andover residents, history repeated itself. On Mother’s Day weekend, rain battered down on Andover, flooding the Shawsheen river. The river flooded 8.63 feet over it’s normal height. After the water leaked out, 10 roads were completely water-logged, including Main Street and High Plain Road. Residents lost electricity for days. Many of the condominiums in the flooded area had to be evacuated, including the Balmoral Condos. These condos were especially damaged, and after their restoral in the fall, Andover won a court case against making units in the basement. The risk of flooding was just too dangerous.  

Just be thankful that our April showers aren’t flooding. More on the natural disasters of Andover next week.  

Check out this article in the Andover Townsman comparing the 1936 flood to the 2006 flood:

http://www.andovertownsman.com/local/x1687720515/History-repeated-for-resident-who-lived-through-1936-flood

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