In the 1960’s before she retired, Nora Townes also told me of some interesting stories that occurred during and after the Great Flood. One story she relayed went like this: There was a telephone customer in the Contoocook Exchange who lived in the Hatfield District Area of town. Just prior to the flood, this gentleman’s wife had left on the train to visit her sister in the New York City area, leaving him at home alone for a week or so. Parts of the Hatfield District were located in an area prone to flooding, if one should occur. Well, it did and due to the height of the flooding, his residence was completely surrounded by water. Deep water. It was like a huge “moat” around his house and barns.
Since he had limited abilities to cook his own meals and he could not get out to travel elsewhere, he found that his telephone still worked so he called the operator for assistance. After “ringing central” in the usual manner, he asked the operator in Contoocook if she could assist him in preparing something to eat for suppers. She obliged and asked what ingredients he had for making numerous kinds of meals. She then gave him instruction on how to prepare roast beef and vegetables for that evening’s meal. He called again the next day for further cooking instruction and received it. A few days later, the flood waters subsided, his wife came home and all was back to normal.
The Contoocook Area was one of the hardest hit areas as a result of this Flood. There was some flooding along the Warner River in the Bradford and Warner areas causing a few service outages.
Fortunately the Civilian Conservation Corps, also known as the CCC's, were stationed at their camp on Tory Hill Road (now Kearsarge Mountain Road). They made crews available to assist area towns with “sand bagging” and other water control activities. They had lots of manpower and equipment, including dump trucks and other equipment.