Many Roads Closed By Spring Flooding

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(Host) Many roads in northern Vermont are closed today because they’re underwater or washed out from spring snowmelt and rainfall.

State police and Vermont Emergency Management say a number of roads along the western slopes of the Green Mountains and in the Northeast Kingdom are affected.

So much water is flowing out of the mountains that rivers such as the Winooski and Lamoille have overflowed their banks.

In many cases, the water has flowed into farm fields. But in places, the water is covering roads.

In the central Vermont town of Duxbury, some homeowners woke up to find their road simply washed away.

James Jennings says he went out for a walk and found water had washed away 30 to 40 feet of a neighboring road. He says the water dug a nine-foot-deep chasm.

(Jennings) "It really is hard to believe that there could be something that big that could happen overnight. … All that happened between 9 at night and 6 in the morning. It’s quite spectacular. I can stand in that hole, reach my arm up, and not touch the lip of the hole."

(Host) There’s still more rain on the horizon for later in the week, so forecasters say the flood threat in the Lake Champlain basin isn’t over, yet.


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