A powerful storm system that has been pummeling Vermont with rain for the past two days has caused widespread flooding, the worst since Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The flooding has forced the evacuation of thousands of people, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and closed major roads and highways.
The Winooski River, which runs through Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, crested at 21 feet early on Tuesday, exceeding by two feet its highest level during Tropical Storm Irene. The Lamoille River also crested at a record high.
The flooding has also caused widespread power outages, and some communities have been cut off from the rest of the state.
Gov. Phil Scott has declared a state of emergency, and the National Guard has been deployed to help with the rescue and recovery efforts.
The full extent of the damage is still unknown, but it is clear that the flooding has been catastrophic.
Here are some of the key details of the flooding:
- The storm system dumped more than eight inches of rain on some parts of Vermont.
- The flooding has forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
- Thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.
- Major roads and highways have been closed.
- The Winooski River crested at a record high.
- The Lamoille River also crested at a record high.
- There have been widespread power outages.
- Some communities have been cut off from the rest of the state.
- Gov. Phil Scott has declared a state of emergency.
- The National Guard has been deployed to help with the rescue and recovery efforts.
some latest updates on the flooding in Vermont:
- The flooding has begun to recede, but many roads and bridges remain closed. The Winooski River has crested and is now slowly receding, but the Lamoille River is still rising. The National Guard is continuing to help with the rescue and recovery efforts.
- The death toll has risen to 2. A woman was found dead in her car after it was swept away by floodwaters in the town of Londonderry. A man was also found dead in the town of Weston after he was swept away while trying to rescue his dog.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a major disaster declaration for Vermont. This will make federal funding available to help with the recovery efforts.
- The Vermont Department of Public Safety is asking people to stay away from flooded areas. There is still a risk of landslides and other hazards.
- The full extent of the damage is still unknown, but it is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Many homes and businesses have been destroyed, and there will be a long road to recovery.
The people of Vermont are resilient, and they will come together to help each other in this time of need. The state has also learned from the flooding of Hurricane Irene, and there are now more mitigation measures in place to help prevent future flooding. Vermont will recover from this flooding, and it will be stronger than ever before.
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