August 30, 2011
Heavy rain is continuing in most areas of the state and will for several hours. Flash floods are occurring in all areas of the state and more are expected throughout the evening into Monday.
Several roads are covered with water or washed out. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads unless evacuating or you have a medical emergency. Emergency services are stretched thin and travel is difficult for them – you may not get help for a long time if you are in trouble.
If you are close to a river or stream and it is raining hard and water is rising evacuate early. Never drive or walk across flooded roads, a number of cars have been swept away on flooded roads. Call 2-1-1 or 5-1-1 for current road closures.
In the Rutland area: calls to Vermont State Police or Rutland City Police may experience a busy signal – keep trying as there is a high volume of calls, and do not call 911.
911 IS OPERATIONAL, CONTINUE TO CALL 911 IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY TO REPORT.
The town of Manchester has issued a boil water notice for residents due to a broken water main.
Several local and state roads are now closed:
Hill Farm Road
Wright’s Hill Road
Westgate Drive Bridge has damage
Ethan Allen Road
Wrights Foot Bridge is washed out
Guilford Center Road
Slate Rock Road
Skunk Hollow Road
Super Maple Road
Adams Cross Road
Higly Hill Road
Interstate 89 guard rails starting to wash out near Lamoille River
Route 140 at 155
Baker Brook Road
Beattle Stone Bridge Road
Cold River Road near Upper Cold River Road
Westminster West Road
Route 35/Athens Road
Poker Hill Road
Wellwood Orchard Road
Little Ascutney Road
Ascutney Basin Road
Tyler Farm Road
Lower Taylor Hill Road
Snow Valley Road
Kendall Farm Road
Benson Fuller Road
Stratton View Road
Upper Taylor at Pike’s Falls Road
Sylvan Ridge at Snowflake Land
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 12:19:03