August 30, 2011
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
Wright’s Hill Road
Westgate Drive Bridge has damage
Sherman Hollow Road
Augur Hill Road
Adams Cross Road
Higly Hill Road
Baker Brook Road
Route 35/Athens Road
Lower Taylor Hill Road
Tyler Farm Road
Guilford Center Road
Slate Rock Road
Beattle Stone Bridge Road
Route 14 at Stoney Corners
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