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June 27, 2013

Vermont Officials Prepare for Extended Period of Rain

Saturated soils and swelled rivers throughout the state could lead to problems

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) has been working with municipalities, emergency responders, the National Guard, and other state and federal partners today to prepare for any problems that could stem from the extended period of rain the state has seen.

Vermontís extended period of rain is expected to last into at least next Tuesday (July 2nd) and saturated soils and rivers may be unable to absorb more precipitation. No flooding is imminent, but the National Weather Service says flooding could occur in as yet undetermined areas of the state due to heavy rain.

As always, Vermonters should remain vigilant and use common sense to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Drive at safe speeds during downpours, stay clear of high or fast-running water, and never drive or walk across a flooded road. This is also a good occasion to ensure you have an emergency preparedness kit with items like water, food, flashlights, radio, and batteries.

The level of Lake Champlain is also nearing flood stage, and will continue to raise after the rainy weather exits the area. Homeowners and businesses should keep an eye on the lake and take necessary steps to protect property.

DEMHS has facilitated weather briefings from the National Weather Service with officials from cities and towns and their emergency responders.

State agencies have been notified that unfavorable conditions could necessitate a state response and Emergency Operations Center activation.

Weather updates are posted on the DEMHS Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vemvt) pages.

Contact: Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, (800) 347-0488, http://vem.vermont.gov

Source: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Last Updated at: June 27, 2013 09:59:56