Officials Warn People To Stay Off Roads

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(Host) Vermont Transportation Agency officials will assess damages from flooding today.

Nearly every major road across the state has had some kind of damage.

VTrans Secretary Brian Searles says some of the damage may not be obvious.

(Searles) "We have slope failures, mudslides, landslides. We had many of them early this year in the spring. Some of those haven’t been repaired. So we’re having to deal with them all over again. Only there’s a potential that they’ll be even worse."

(Host) Roads and bridges have been washed out all over the state. Town roads have been hit even worse.

Officials advise that anyone who heads out today to be extremely careful and to obey all road closures.

Roads have washed out and bridges have been swept away.

Town roads are almost as bad.

Even the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury had to be evacuated when the Winooski River flooded the state public safety building.

Now state officials worry about additional problems as people take a look at the aftermath of the floods.

Mike O’Neill is director of Vermont Emergency Management.

(O’Neill) "People coming out of the storm thinking we’ll go sightseeing and those types of things is a huge concern for us because it’s very dangerous. The one reported injury that we have so far was someone trying to go through moving water, which is extremely dangerous and that’s a concern for us."

(Host) O’Neill referred to a 21-year-old woman who was swept away in the floodwaters of the Deerfield River in Wilmington.

A body has been recovered, but state officials say they haven’t confirmed the victim’s identity.

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