Storms cause flooding in many Vermont towns

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(Host) Storms dumped more rain on the region today, sending streams and rivers over their banks across a broad section of Vermont.

At midday, Vermont Emergency Management Director Barbara Farr was dealing with flooding in Addison, Windsor, Rutland, Orleans and Caledonia counties.

(Farr) “There’s flooding throughout probably three-quarters of the northern part of the state. We have evacuations in Hancock and Middlebury.”

(Host) Later in the day, a camp in Ripton was also evacuated. Campers were taken to a Red Cross shelter at the Middlebury town offices.

Town roads were washed out in more than a half-dozen communities. Also, state Routes 100, 125 and 53 were closed because of washouts or high water.

Middlebury operations director Dan Werner says an abutment of a town bridge was undermined by the rushing Middlebury River and the deck dropped about three feet.

Werner says crews just finished repairing some of the damage in Addison County from storms that hit the area in June.

Werner says some of that work was washed away today in neighboring Ripton.

(Werner) “I hear that part of the work that they had done to get back to having some kind of normalcy in their traffic on one of their roads was washed out this morning again, so I think they may be back to square one on some of their work.”

(Host) When the latest storms hit, Werner was working with federal officials to qualify for assistance to repair the June damage. He says towns are likely to turn to Washington for help again now.


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