Boat rescue: 15 employees stranded at businesses on Tinkham Ave.

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Flooding in Derry on Tinkham Road Tuesday. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

DERRY, NH – Flash flooding on Tinkham Avenue Tuesday morning in Derry required evacuation of 15 employees – seven of them by boat.

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Jackson said crews responded along with the town’s public works coordinator to check out a report of high water on Tinkham Avenue, which had risen beyond the capacity of the storm drains.

Tinkham Road is a dead-end street just off Route 28, and is a commercial district.

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Jackson said there were 15 people trapped among four buildings, and so they brought in a rescue boat with was used to evacuate seven of those stranded. The remaining eight people self-evacuated with an assist from fire department personnel.

Although the water did not make it into the buildings, there were more than 14 parked cars which were damaged by the high water, Jackson said.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning at about 9:15 a.m. as remnants of Hurricane Florence were expected to bring several inches of rain to the Greater Manchester area, bringing with the the possibility of flash flooding due to runoff. The warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

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