Many Roads, Schools Closed After Widespread Flooding

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Vermont’s roadways have received widespread damage from flooding associated with Hurricane Irene.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says more that 260 roads have been washed out by flooding, and several bridges have been destroyed around the state, including one historic covered bridge that was swept downstream.

In addition to the many local roads that are closed, closures or blockages have been reported on U.S. Route 7 in Salisbury and Wallingford, and on U-S Route 2 in Jonesville and Marshfield.

You can find a full list of closures here:

And some schools that were expected to open today are now closed. School closures reported in Vermont’s Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Washington, Windsor and in New Hampshire’s Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

You can find a full list here:

And many colleges are also closed today. The University of Vermont is closed, as are Castleton State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College.

The state college’s data center in Waterbury also had to shut down due to flooding, and that means VSC students and staff with be without email and other internet communications. Officials say Vermont Tech, Castleton and Johnson State all have facilities serving as flood evacuation centers for their surrounding communities and residents are encouraged to reach out as necessary.

Bus service has also been impacted in some parts of the state.

Non-essential state employees are being told to stay home today. They’ve been directed to check their e-mail this morning to see if that start time has been pushed back further.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has cancelled outpatient services until noon today. This also impacts services at local medical practices. More information here:

And some transportation companies are putting limits on bus service.

Information from CCTA here.

And the Bus, here

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