Tropical Storm Irene turned
many otherwise ordinary citizens into heroes. Organizations also stepped up
to the plate. Many became lifelines, both for people devastated by the damage
and for those who wanted to help.
year after Tropical Storm Irene, the recovery process is still in high
partly about pounding nails and painting walls, but it’s also about planning –
and deciding what can be done to minimize the devastation of future storms.
evening, bells will ring in churches and public spaces statewide to commemorate
the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene – and Vermont’s ongoing recovery. In many hard hit towns the
observances start this weekend, with potluck suppers, concerts, art exhibits –
and, in the town of Newfane, a parade.
Storm Irene totally cut off 13 communities and blocked travel on every
major east-west route. So it may be no surprise that two of the leaders who
rose to the challenge when the state needed to lead the recovery effort came
from the Agency of Transportation.