Many areas of Vermont saw another round of heavy downpours over the last several days. The rain caused many rivers and streams to spill their banks and flood roadways. A number of roads have closed and reopened as waters have receded (Vermont State Police are releasing a running list as they close or re-open.) The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security reminds drivers to respect all road closures and detours and never drive on a flooded road.
As we move forward the state could see other significant hazards as a result of this week’s rain. Foremost among them is the threat posed by water levels on rivers and the swift currents that water produces. Even strong and conscientious swimmers can have difficulty in familiar waters that are made unusually dangerous – and high, fast moving waters have created conditions in some of our rivers and streams that are unsafe for swimming.
The runoff from rains is making its way to Lake Champlain and the level of the lake has risen to 99.5-feet, 6 inches from flood stage. The National Weather Service has NOT indicated that flood stage is imminent, but property owners and those with other interests on the lake should monitor lake level.
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, http://vem.vermont.gov