Floods in Vermont close streets and take out bridges
Heavy rainfall and flooding have forced evacuations and caused widespread property damage in Vermont.
Torrential rains swept across much of Vermont and other parts of New England this week, causing dangerous flooding that resulted in extensive damage, prompted numerous high-water rescues and evacuations, and the bursting of at least one dam.
The punishing rains led Governor Philip Scott to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, and by Tuesday evening, two months of rain fell. Parts of downtown Montpelier, the capital, were flooded by nearly 9 inches.
While the rain has stopped in some areas, flooding may still cause further damage, Scott said,and the waters will not immediately recede but could “continue to rise.”
Throughout the catastrophic weather event, residents and local agencies have shared astonishing visuals of the flooding, which recall the devastation from Irene. The deluge rendered some roads impassable.
Vermont state capitol building this morning. Winooski river has created at nearly 21 feet (record was in 1927). About 4 feet of water moving fast on State Street. Can’t get across it’s moving so quickly. pic.twitter.com/xn1wGE5SDI
Vermont got hit hard with floods. Our house was surrounded by water (house itself is fine) and the basement ended up with a foot of water, so we had to cut the power. All roads in and our of my town are stilled closed due to flooding and damage. pic.twitter.com/uP4xaeHnwC
— 💚Sarah Sinn aka Mrs. Herbert West 💚 (@Sinnful_Redhead) July 11, 2023
We cover a lot of disaster on @weatherchannel, but we’ve never seen this - railroad tracks suspended 100+ feet in the air after the earth beneath them washed away in Ludlow, VT. 8” of rain fell here flooding this small town of 800. We continue live coverage in Vermont. pic.twitter.com/ZN0qXnoKfs
State Street. Downtown Montpelier. One block from capitol. Abandoned vehicle, dumpster floating by. Alarms going off and occasional explosions. Maybe electrical transformers. pic.twitter.com/V2drwiWYv3
The Winooski River in Burlington and Winooski is raging with very high water levels after record amounts of rain fell in Vermont over the past 36 hours. #Vermont is in a state of emergency pic.twitter.com/tptIAUZSFl