“I would say that Londonderry was fortunate compared to some of our surrounding towns as far as the damage we received. We had some impact, but there are other towns around us that had a much tougher time,” says Kevin Beattie, a Select Board member.
While every road in the town was affected to a certain extent, Londonderry has completed its repairs, and received about $275,000 in FEMA reimbursements, which covers all of the projects — save one.
There were a lot of damaged residences; two families are permanently displaced and those residences are qualifying for the FEMA buyouts. The town also has one apartment building and two retail/commercial buildings that are empty and awaiting acceptance from the buyout program.
Beattie says he hopes the tax rate won’t be too affected, as the town has received good coverage. But Londonderry still is responsible for 5 percent, as well as any administrative costs incurred. According to Beattie, the town has not yet planned anything to mark the year anniversary, but says he expects that there will be more of a region-wide recognition, in which Londonderry residents can be involved.