Vermont Emergency Management monitoring flooding in several counties

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(Host) There’s flooding at this hour in a number of communities across the state.

Vermont Emergency Management Director Barbara Farr says officials are monitoring the situation 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. Ripton is getting quite a bit of rain right now. Route 100 and Route 125 are closed off for traffic.” 

(Host) There also have been reports of water on Route Seven in the area of East Middlebury, although the road is open. Route 53 along Lake Dunmore has washed out and is closed.

Additionally, town roads have been closed in a number of communities, including Goshen, Ripton, Leicester and Middlebury.

The American Red Cross has set up emergency shelters in Hancock and Middlebury.

Farr says people in areas where there’s flooding should take precautions.

(Farr) “Never, ever drive through rushing water. Stay away from downed power lines. Report damage, if it’s road damage to the town clerk or road commissioner.”

(Host) Vermont Emergency Management arranged with swift water teams to be ready in case anyone had to be rescued from flash floods.

Additional rain is possible throughout the day.

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