My parents in northwest Vermont appear to be the only place in the state that was spared. Absolute devestation. Hundreds of roads destroyed, houses and bridges gone. Just amazing......
I'm very glad to hear that your parents fared all right through the storm! The route I'm taking to Maine in a week and a half does not take me through Vermont at all. Looks like it's good that I'm choosing that way too.
It looks like according to the news reports that Vermont is getting it from all the rain in the hills and the resulting flooding of the rivers and creeks. What was once a nice home on the bank of a creek that you could step across is now gone and the creek is the size of a good river. That along with the ground being saturated from the rains that they have been getting this summer isn't helping at all.
Yep, pretty much how it happened. The difference between some of the floods in the middle of the country, like on the Mississippi, is that those place, the water rises at a steady pace, stays high, and lowers at a steady pace. You can predict when it will happen.
In Vermont, it is all about flash floods. Massive amount of water, dumped all at once. I trout fish alot of those streams, up to my knees at most. They became rivers that were carrying away cars, campers, and houses.
The damage won't be fully known for awhile, but it's going to be staggering.
It feels to me like we dodged a bullet. Maybe several of them.
How did you make out with the earthquake and hurricane? It feels to me like we dodged a bullet. Maybe several of them. A couple weeks ago a home in my town disintegrated in a propane explosion that killed 5 people. During the recent 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia I was standing on the 4th floor of a seven story building in upstate New York when I felt the building violently sway. My knees hurt for hours afterwards because of the sideways pitching. I moved to the window to improve my chances of survival in case the upper floors pancaked onto me. When the shaking stopped I went outside for 15 minutes and looked for damage signs in the brick building face and waited for aftershocks. Finding neither, I then went inside and finished my work day although it was against my better judgment.
Friday I took my son to soccer practice only to be warned away from the field due to a “toxic cloud” from something they sprayed on the new track under construction. All field activities were cancelled that day. An earthquake followed by poison gas – really?
Then hurricane Irene headed our way with a lot of news coverage and we spent several days getting ready, stocking up and clearing the culverts and drainage ditches. She blew in as a tropical storm winding down – dumping 6-8 inches of rain on us. God heard our prayers for safety and mercifully let us have a day of steady but gently rain and winds not much over 25 MPH. There was no major damage or flooding at my home and my sister who we had prompted into stocking up (batteries and bottled water) thought it a non-event and unneeded preparation because she did not flood or lose power. But the news coverage show devastation from wind and water and I saw it first hand driving into work Monday morning. Our town had some flooding, and last week a treatment on the new high school track put a toxic cloud over the ball fields, After the quake and storm I've seen water flowing over bridges, live power lines in the road, large trees resting on crushed homes, and a brick house that just collapsed. The bridge I normally go over commuting to and from work was closed for two days as well as the next one up the river. But it is open now.
As I said - I feel like we dodged several bullets and makes me wonder what is next! As we get ready for what may come we can use the past as a learning experience. While I am glad to say that everyone in my immediate family and my friends are all doing well the storm prompted us to review our supplies and we really found nothing in shortage or lacking. Before the storm hit we had the oil lamps out, chainsaw gassed up and sharpened. ATV and tow chain at ready in case of downed trees. Water drawn and stored. We had checked on the elderly neighbors, etc. In short we had done everything that either of us could think to do to prepare. It is always interesting to me to see how other people fared and what they realized they should have done. It makes me look at my own preparations and sometimes I see opportunity for improvement. I hope you all made out as well.
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