TILTON, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire has opened the floodgates at dams at four lakes because the water level has become dangerously high after continued rain.

Officials say Lake Winnisquam is 7 inches above normal, Squam Lake is 15 inches higher than normal, and Lake Winnipesaukee is about a foot above normal. Webster Lake in Franklin also is running high.

The Department of Environmental Services is lowering the lakes’ dams and letting some of the water flow downstream.

Officials admitted a potential problem is that the water then flows downstream to other communities. But they said they have no choice because of the heavy rain that has fallen steadily in recent weeks.

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