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August 30, 2011

Storm Update 8/28/11 1300 Police Advise Motorists to Stay Off Roads

Vermont State Police are receiving several reports of motorists being stranded by floodwaters in the southeastern part of the state.

The VSP advise motorists to stay off the roads unless you are evacuating or have a medical emergency – particularly in the towns of Wilmington and Marlboro. Police and other rescue services are stretched thin right now and help may not be able to get to you right away if you are in distress. The best thing to do is seek higher ground and stay there.

When evacuating, call 2-1-1 for the latest road closures to ensure you do not become stranded at a closed road.

Flooding is expected to reach other parts of the state so if you are in a low lying area, you are advised to seek higher ground before floodwaters approach your home.

Several local and state roads are now closed:


Hill Farm Road

Dunham Road


Wright’s Hill Road

Route 5


Westgate Drive Bridge has damage


Route 5




Sherman Hollow Road


Augur Hill Road

Adams Cross Road

Higly Hill Road

Grant Road

Butterfield Road

Mount Holly

Route 155


Baker Brook Road

Dover Road


Route 8

Route 100


Route 5


Route 35/Athens Road


Route 100

Route 9


Mountain Road

Lower Taylor Hill Road


Skunk Hollow

West Newbury:

Tyler Farm Road


Guilford Center Road

Campbell road

Slate Rock Road


Beattle Stone Bridge Road

Route 30


Route 5

East Montpelier:

Route 14 at Stoney Corners


Route 103

Route 100

Main Street


Route 103b


Westminster Road


Route 105


Interstate 89 guard rails starting to wash out near Lamoille River, both north and south still open but one lane closed southbound.

There are likely more, please respect all detours.

If you see water rising it is best to evacuate early before it is ordered.

The town of Dover reports five roads are washed out and the town is opening two shelters: one at the Summit Hotel at Mt. Snow and one at the Dover Elementary School.

Red Cross 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

Known local shelters:

Dover – Mt. Snow Resort and Dover Elementary School

Jamaica – Masonic Hall on Route 30

Wardsboro – Town Hall

Some other 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 12:18:04