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July 1, 2017

Vermont Flood Update

Press Release

Vermont Emergency Management

State Emergency Operations Center

July 1, 2017

9:00 p.m.

 

Contact:

Mark Bosma, Vermont Emergency Management: 802-839-6717

National Weather Service: 802-862-8711

 

Vermont Flood Update

 

WATERBURY – Floodwaters are receding in some areas of Vermont, but flooding could continue as major waterways are yet to crest.  The Otter Creek, Mad River, and Winooski River are expected to crest overnight Saturday into Sunday afternoon, depending on location.

 

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.

 

Several roads have closed or been reduced to one lane throughout the day and additional roads could be affected into Sunday.  Motorists should respect all closures and detours and never drive over a flooded road, currents and unseen washouts can sweep away a vehicle.

 

The Vermont Emergency Operations Center has been open since 1 p.m. Saturday and will remain open as long as conditions mandate.  Flash Flood and Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings remain in areas, those 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.

 

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.

 

Web resources to follow:

 

Vermont Alert: http://vtalert.gov

NWS Burlington: https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Burlington.gov or @NWSBurlington on Twitter

NWS Albany: https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Albany.gov or @NWSAlbany

VT Emergency Management: https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement or @vemvt

 

 

Mark Bosma

Public Information Officer

Vermont Emergency Management

(802) 839-6717

http://vtalert.gov