Skip to comments.Irene brings worst flooding in century to Vermont
Posted on 08/29/2011 6:14:04 PM PDT by Palter
Almost a dozen New England towns were rendered virtual islands Monday as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Irene reshaped parts of Vermont and upstate New York, turning placid rivers into raging torrents and some streets into treacherous mud bogs.
Hundreds of roads remained closed, dozens of bridges were gone and entire towns were cut off from assistance in the worst flooding some areas have seen in a century.
A day earlier, Irene dumped up to 11 inches on parts of Vermont and more than 13 inches on some areas of New York a deluge that quickly overwhelmed waterways, storm sewers and drainage systems. At one point, the floodwaters were rising so fast that Vermont officials feared they might have to take the extraordinary step of flooding the state capital of Montpelier to relieve pressure on a dam.
"We prepared for the worst and we got the worst in central and southern Vermont," Gov. Peter Shumlin said. "It's just devastating whole communities under water. ... We're tough folks here in Vermont, but Irene really ... hit us hard."
The destruction was etched across the landscape: highways washed out by fast-moving water, bridges and homes crumpled into heaps of broken planks and streets filled with mud thick enough to stop heavy duty vehicles in their tracks.
The images were much the same in upstate New York, where buildings that had withstood a century of hard winters and spring floods were carried away. The floodwaters upended cars and trucks and sent trees tumbling down rivers like matchsticks.
"We were expecting heavy rains," said Bobbi-Jean Jeun of Clarksville, a rural hamlet near Albany. "We were expecting flooding. We weren't expecting devastation."
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There are some in this forum who think this is no big deal.
To them, floods like this, and living without tap water with a house full of kids and a barn full of animals with no way to get emergency aid if you need it, is no big deal. They go through it all the time and never have a care in the world about it.
This is the Socialist Republic of Vermont, the government is supposed to provide everything. I wonder what the percentage of people in blue states have emergency kits compared to the number of people in red states.
>> There are some in this forum who think this is no big deal.
Her house is fine, but they are stuck!
I was on Long Island when it came. I was praying in my hotel while ermergency responders set up shop in the lobby. They were so happy that the winds were lower than expected. The Trees were swaying like Flags. I do not understand the rebuke of the media. I saw what I saw. I would rather be over prepared than not at all.
People are out of electricity and then it escalates like this Vermont. Sad!
In northwestern Maine heavy rain isolated the Sugarloaf ski resort.
Two bridges on Hwy 27 are out. One on either side of the entrance road.
One bridge is completely gone. Road between Carrabasset Valley and Stratton will be closed indefinately.
Poor native Vermonters. They had their state stolen from them by socialist hippies. Now, this. My mother-in-law lived in Vermont - all of her friends left the state in the last 10-15 years.
Vermont was always a trusty, warm, conservative, helpful place to live until it was invaded by New York Seventies Throwbacks, Idiots from Boston and other Liberal scumspots with too much money. The pink mafia is the latest import.
The only good news is that maybe God’s event will scare the Depends off of them and their spawn and they will “run away! Run away!’
Let us pray.
My cousin runs a Starvbucks on Long Island. She Had people arguing about the electrical plug outlets to charge there devices. Alot of people with no eletricity. The restaurants were crowded because many did not have electricity Too.
38 dead. At LEAST 7 Billion dollars in damage. Eastern North Carolina decimated. Vermont Flooded. But hey, it’s no big deal. It’s just a rainstorm. Politics are more important than people’s lives. After all, if NEW YAWK didn’t wash into the ocean, then it’s no big deal for everyone else.
> Doubt it.
Keep reading. You’ll see it.
Consider, for example, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2770638/posts?page=20#20
> Vermont Flooded.
New Hampshire and Maine are flooded, too, but it’s not being reported in the media. We have friends who need a boat to get to and from their house, as well as all their neighbors.
But, it’s no big deal.
It would be nice to see prayers and concern rather than ridicule and scorn, but at least it provides a good way to determine who your friends are.
You, at least, still have electricity. My elderly 70yr+ parents went 5 weeks with no power, no phone (landline OR cellular) and no water post katrina. They were 150+ miles from the coast. On the ‘clean’ side of Katrina. She went 60m or so to their east. Even IF my elderly dad had had a heart attack there was no way to *get* him to the hospital for a week due to 100+yr old trees down on their road. My parents had a generator, their own well and a wood burning stove for cooking. My mom did needlework in a rocking chair on the front porch during the day and at night they went to bed right after dark. It was 90+ during the day and muggy as all heck after dark. Not unlike conditions in 1900 before all modern convenieces.
Yes, it’s a big deal if you’re not prepared for it or unwilling to accept it as a fact of life.
Until you lose power though, and are affected for more than a week with *no* modern conveniences (which means you won’t be posting to complain about your travails) you aren’t going to get a lot of sympathy from anyone within 100m of the Gulf Coast. Sorry. (Rita, Katrina, Ivan, Ike, etc). It’s a way of life down here. And for the most part, ninth ward notwithstanding, we prepare for these situations.
Until then, use the electricity your computing device is using right now to boil some water. And, in the future, either put solar and/or hand pump on your well, or be prepared to deal with sanitizing the city/county water yourself. Get clorox at the very least, or pool shock and keep it with your prepper stuff. Get board games and books for the kids. And oil burning lamps.
At least the flooding in your neck of the woods didn’t scare up whole nests of poisonous snakes, alligators and fire ants. You *only* have the water and mud and inconvenience. Unlikely you’ll wake up next to a displaced moccasin or rattlesnake. Or lose a pet to displaced fireants.
So, in the nicest voice possible, ‘deal with it’.
We just spent a beautiful week in Vermont the first week of August. It broke my heart to see this bridge go into the river. We took numerous pictures of covered bridges up near Stowe and Jeffersonville, near the Notch.
While I don’t agree with a lot of the liberal policies of the people in Vermont, I know it’s not everyone. We met some really nice conservative people who are just trying to deal with it.
And there is no way anyone should wish some kind of disaster like this upon people. Some people are just mean.
With a population of 630,000, Vermont is just a big city.
Well said. Need to leave it at that lest I say something that this site will not let me retract.
- It would be nice to see prayers and concern rather than ridicule and scorn
May our Lord grant you strength and peace in your time of trials and tribulations. May He bless you 10-fold for trusting in Him even when things get bad. May he watch over and wrap His arms around all of you ... always.
We have room here in WI, and haven’t had any rain lately, so if you need to get away and dry out ... come on over.
> which means you wont be posting to complain about your
Look, we’re not complaining. Most of us were just reporting our status, when we were barraged with all this “we have it worse than you” crap.
Not only do we feel bad for your parents and all the people who suffered that storm, but we put our bloody money where our mouth is and contributed to reconstruction efforts. Many of us went down there to help with their hands. There wasn’t a church in our area that didn’t send people to help in MO and LA.
And thee are some folks up here who have it as bad as your folks did.
So, enough already.
If all you can do is send prayers and concern, we welcome that. But if you want to ride a high horse and condemn us as whining weaklings, then get lost.
Finally a human response from somebody outside of the Northeast US.
Thank you, my brother, and rest assured that we all pray and mourn for you when your region suffers.
We are the church.
We rejoice when you rejoice.
We suffer when you suffer.
And we learn more from the suffering than from the rejoicing.
God bless and keep you.
Wow, another rational response.
Let’s hope it’s a trend.
I agree with you wholeheartedly.
The hippies haven't gotten the guns yet, however. Vermont has constitutional carry and you can carry concealed or open carry without a permit in either case. They also have state laws that pre-empt local communities from enacting stricter gun control than exists at the state level.
I've been reading the posts lately. There was no hurricane. At most, a thunderstorm.
The whole deal was a product of the Liberal Press and Obama to take peoples mind off the economy.
Even in Vermont, McCain still got more than 30% of the vote. People shouldn't blame us for the sins of our liberal politicians and liberal voters. We're simply outvoted, time after time.
Shameful and way over the line, but coming from a noob, I don’t know that I would put much, if any stock in what he’s saying.
It’s not much, but know that I’m praying for you guys. I witnessed what a stalled TD (Alberto in ‘94) could do while I was in SC. It’s not pretty. The immense power of water and the damage it can cause is not something to underestimate by any means.
Take care FRiend,
I am in Illinois and feel your pain.
> The whole deal was a product of the Liberal Press and Obama
> to take peoples mind off the economy.
Be sure to tell that to the folks who lost everything in the floods, the folks who will be isolated for days or even weeks by the flooding, the millions who have no power tonight, and the relatives of the so very few dead and injured.
I’m sure they’ll appreciate your stunningly compelling analysis.
Peter, what condition is Rutland in? I’ve got family up there.
- I’ve been reading the posts lately. There was no hurricane. At most, a thunderstorm.
It doesn’t matter if the flooding is caused by a hurricane, , a tsunami, a thunderstorm or excessive ice packs melting.
When your home ends up with 3 feet of mud in it, it’s a nightmare.
There will always be people who care, they just get harder to find as the world grows colder.
Thunderstorm, my A$$.
You don’t live up here, so it’s no big deal to YOU.
You have no idea what you are talking about.
Westbrook and I and other Northeast Freepers have been through alot with this storm, hurricane or not.
It caused extensive flooding and damage, and our Vermont friends got the worst of it.
It doesn’t matter which state is liberal, conservative or otherwise.
People are suffering.
How about offering prayers and or support instead of a smarmy attitude?
Thank you, FRiend.
We know we didn’t get it as bad as some folks, but bad is bad. Destruction is destruction. Loss is loss.
And it’s turning out worse than anticipated for folks near the rivers.
I have only read some of the comments on FR. Today is the 6th anniv of Katrina. I know how you feel. If it didn’t happen to NYC or New Orleans, who gives a cr@p? Join the invisible club.
Keith in Gulfport,MS
PS. On the good side, I still can see the Gulf from my porch because the houses between me and the beach don’t exist anymore.
Well, you have my prayers and support from this MA resident.
I do believe it was overhyped being an east coast storm, even as it came through my state, but I changed my tune pretty damn quickly when I saw what it is doing to Vermont.
Stay safe up there.
I have an aunt and 2nd cousin who were elderly and went without electricy for over 3 weeks post Rita in East TExas. They did not have generators.
All of this stuff that needs to be taken care of. Your 9 kids you mentioned and all those farm animals. There’s nothing else to do right now besides posting on an internet forum? Glad you have your priorities straight.
We got out of it pretty lucky, this time.
Yes, it WAS over-hyped, but it did some real and terrible damage, and 18 people lost their lives in this storm.
I am praying for all affected by it, and Vermont especially.
Well, we had that a fews years back with Allison...little ole’ tropical storm that dropped 37 inches of rain in Houston, TX. That little gal took out hospitals in the medical center, trapped people on their homes etc...she created one heck of a problem for Houston, TX.
The land is being returned to it’s rightful owner- mother nature. The Leftists of VT should celebrate! After all, mother nature is more effective than implementing agenda 21, and population control.
Flood Control in Vermont and northern NY State?
Are you crazy?
What the H__ is Flood Control?
We don` need no flood control!
We don want no stinkin Flood Control!
Irene is the best way to get new topsoil every 100 years.
That`s why Vermont has more cows than people and fewer covered bridges.
Isn’t it moonlight in Vermont now?
“People pooh poohing this storm are being delusional”
Yes, they are.
I am not in Vermont, I live in Maine, but there was plenty of damage here, too.
Vermont is going to be reeling from this for quite a long time..
My heart goes out to them.
Not me - I've been there. The remnants of Tropical Storm Erin did this to my town in 2007:
I had two feet of water in my office when the river stopped rising. There is no more helpless feeling than listening to the rain comes in torrents for hours on end.
I'll be praying for you and sending the Salvation Army some money to help. Good luck and God bless.
I just believe that the “important” people in NYC or Wash.DC didn’t get hit too hard.. therefore, its “overyhyped”....everybody else’s plight apparently means squat....
Yeah, because we all know thunderstorms split islands into three pieces, cause once in a century floods, and 7 Billion dollars in damage.
YEP!!! ITZ ALLZ DA CONSPIWACY!!!! DA ILLUMINATIZ!!! LIZArD PeOpLeZ and CAbAlS!!!! OH NOEZZ!!!! THEY ARE HEREZ!!! ITZ A GIANTZ CONSPIWACY!!!!
Oh brother....you Katrina people are such spoiled brats. You get all the attention and then complain when another state had an incident. Louisiana is one of the worst states in the nation and you prove it everyday. Most can’t read down there because your education sucks. You cry all day long about Katrina three years later. Grow up. Plus you complaining about people posting to Free Republic and were part of the hurricane is just plain ignorant because cell phones allow for posting quick things on the internet....but since Louisiana is a very poor stupid state, I forgive your ignorance.
I guess Route 12 in your blue state did not fall apart. Glad it was only a rain storm....I guess the people who died were glad it was only a rain storm. Do you even believe the crap you write?