News Releases

August 30, 2011

Storm Update - 8/28/11 0900

The Vermont Emergency Operations Center is was activated at 7:00 Sunday morning. So far no problems have been reported, however heavy rain is falling in most areas of the state.

The National Weather Service says rain will intensify throughout the day. All major Vermont rivers could potentially flood later Sunday into Monday according to the Weather Service.

NWS also says all areas of the state could see wind gusts of 55 miles-per-hour, which will likely knock down trees and power lines in areas and cause power outages.

Swiftwater rescue teams are being staged to cover all areas of Vermont. Vermont Utilities have reported about 3,000 power outages.

Vermont State Police have significantly increased the number of troopers on the road through Monday.

The Red Cross has opened eight shelters. There are limited arrangement for pets at each shelter with the exception of Springfield. Openings for pets may be limited where they are accepted – inquire when you arrive.

Shelter locations:

Brattleboro, VT – Brattleboro Union High School – Fairground Road

Bennington, VT – Mt. Anthony Union Middle School – 747 East Road

Springfield, VT – Springfield High School -- 303 South Street

Hartford, VT – Hartford High School – 37 Highland Avenue

Rutland, VT – Rutland High School – 22 Stratton Road

Barre, VT – Barre Auditorium

St. Johnsbury, VT – The St. Johnsbury School – 257 Western Avenue

St. Albans, VT – St. Albans Town Education Center – 169 South Main Street

Some communities may also open their own shelter; call your town or city office to see if there is one nearer to your home.

The public can call 2-1-1 for shelter and other information.

Media with questions can call Mark Bosma, Vermont Emergency Management Public Information Officer at 800-347-0488.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: August 30, 2011 12:13:36