Heavy rain this afternoon has caused rivers to spill their banks and flood areas of Huntington and Hinesburg. Initial reports indicate the several roads into and within Huntington are impassable.
Colchester Technical Rescue has been called to assist with any possible evacuations. Vermont state police and surrounding towns are also providing mutual aid on the ground.
The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is activating the state Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury to respond to any resource requests. Staff from the Agency of Transportation, State Police, Fire Safety, area search and rescue, and others will also be at the EOC to provide assistance to any town that needs resources.
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 8 o’clock this evening due to heavy rain that could occur in Addison, Chittenden, or Washington counties. Residents are advised to stay clear of any rising water from rivers and streams and to stay away from rivers that are running high and fast.
Motorists are also urged not to drive over flooded roadways. Road washouts or undercurrents can carry cars and their occupants down river.
Weather updates are posted on the DEMHS Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vemvt) pages.
National Weather Service Forecasts can be found at: www.weather.gov/btv
Contact: Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security,(800) 347-0488