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July 2, 2017

Sunday Flood Update


Press Release
Vermont Emergency Management
State Emergency Operations Center
July 2, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Contact:
Scott Waterman VSP PIO, Vermont Emergency Management: 802-279-4554
National Weather Service: 802-862-8711
Vermont Flood Update
WATERBURY – As rains diminished overnight Saturday and into Sunday, most brooks and rivers in the state have crested and begun to recede. The Winooski River has crested in Central Vermont, but is expected to crest this afternoon in Chittenden County, near Essex Junction. Vermonters in the far northern and southern parts of the state have received anywhere from 1-2" of rainfall during this event, while many central Vermont towns have been subjected to 3-4" of rain. With daylight on Sunday, town officials will be assessing any damage and determining the best course of recovery for their citizens and infrastructure. Regional Planning Commission and VTrans partners are assisting towns with damage assessments over the coming days. State Emergency Operations Center authorities ask that town officials document any damage with pictures and estimate repair costs.
The below is a list of impacted state roads. State officials are also aware of town road closures in impacted towns. For local road closure information, please contact your town officials.  
US 5 in Norwich, between 4 Wheel and French Farm Road and between Main Street and River Road remain closed due to flood damage, but are expected to reopen later today.
Route 30 in Pawlet, just south of Route 133 is reduced to one lane due to flood damage.  
Route 125 from the Ripton store west to US 7 is reduced to one lane in places due to flood damage.
Floodwaters had closed Route 100 in Rochester, but the road has reopened.
Route 100 in Warren has reopened.
Route 125 in Middlebury has reopened.
Route 302 in Groton has reopened.
Route 133 in Pawlet/Tinmouth has reopened.
Despite the improving conditions, residents of flood prone areas are asked to keep a close eye on waterways and evacuate if water threatens your location. Should you be driven from your home and need shelter contact Vermont 2-1-1. Motorists should respect all closures and detours and never drive over a flooded road, currents and unseen washouts can sweep away a vehicle.
Hazards will remain even after rivers crest as natural swimming holes in rivers and other waterways will have high levels and dangerous currents. Before entering waterways closely monitor conditions and err on the side of caution if there is any doubt about its safety. Help avoid tragedy. Visit http://demhs.vermont.gov/news/swimming-hole-safety for more information.
The Vermont Emergency Operations Center has been open since 1 p.m. Saturday July 1 and will remain open as long as conditions mandate. Weather conditions have improved with very little rain in the forecast through much of the coming week. Current weather conditions can be monitored at www.weather.gov/btv or www.weather.gov/aly
Anyone can receive weather Watches or Warnings directly to their cell phone or email through Vermont Alert. VTAlert is a free service and users select what notifications they want and how they receive them. Register at www.vtalert.gov.
Web resources to follow:
Vermont Alert: http://vtalert.gov
NWS Burlington: https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Burlington.gov or @NWSBurlington on Twitter
VT Emergency Management: https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement or @vemvt
Scott Waterman
Vermont State Police Public Information Officer
802-241-5277 desk
802-279-4554 cell