Rain, Melting Snow Cause River Flooding, Road Closures

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(Host) Melting snow and thunderstorms have combined to cause some minor river flooding around Vermont.

Authorities have not reported any damage, but they say rivers have overflowed their banks into surrounding fields in a number of places.

A few roads also were flooded — including Route 15 in the area of Cambridge, where the road is now closed by the Wrong Way Bridge, and Route 14 south of Barre.

In Lamoille County, emergency rescue officials say the conditions are typical of this time of year.

But Dave Severance of Cambridge Rescue says there’s still a lot of water to flow downstream.

(Severance) "One of the big concerns we have right now is with this runoff with the snow – and in any large-scale rain event that we would get in a short duration of time – would further cause concern for river flooding."

(Host) According to the National Weather Service, the most seriously affected rivers are the Mississiquoi, Winooski, Lamoille, Connecticut, Passumpsic, and the Otter Creek.


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