May 28, 2011

Flash Floods Devastate Barre, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury Vermont

And the rains continue to come to Vermont...

"Thursday night an intense thunderstorm dumped between 4 inches and 5 inches of rainwater on central Vermont and St. Johnsbury. Within a matter of hours, the deluge engorged rivers and streams causing flash floods that poured muddy water into homes and residences, washed out culverts and carved out dirt roads. In all, about 180 people were evacuated from their homes as a result of the most devastating flash flood to hit the region in decades.

All that muck and water will travel downstream into Lake Champlain, which has been at a 500-year level flood stage for nearly a month. When the water reaches the big lake in a day and a half it will increase the lake which is now at 102.2 feet by 6 inches."
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