First responders in Vermont are being stretched thin as water floods the state’s capital, Montpelier, and a potential dam break threatens the remaining residents. The Daily Mail reports that two months worth of rainwater fell in just two days, causing road closures. Residents are now being told evacuation may no longer be possible in some areas since roads have been lost amid the intense flooding. Those left behind have been told to move to the highest point in their homes as floodwaters rage.
The Washington Post reports that more than 100 people were rescued as of Tuesday morning, and rescue teams are continuing to search by boat and helicopter for others who are stranded. State authorities are asking residential volunteers to wait to help until the state begins recovery. Until then, professional rescue crews from multiple states will be navigating the area to assist anyone trapped or in need of other assistance. With more rain expected Thursday, state authorities are worried that more devastation will wreak havoc on the area.
Bridges in the affected areas of Vermont are closed or have washed away. Residents have also reported seeing waterfalls and mudslides amid the intense rainfall.
According to The Washington Post, “The hardest-hit regions were the Montpelier-Barre area and Ludlow, Londonderry, Andover and surrounding towns, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Jennifer Morrison said. Ski resorts closed in Ludlow and Killington. Woodstock lost its water supply and went under a boil-water advisory. Montpelier closed its flooded downtown as officials briefly feared that a nearby dam could spill. They also urged residents to boil their water.”
Governor Phil Scott called the devastating floods “historic and catastrophic” in the state of Vermont, warning that “this is nowhere near over.”
The damage has left residents in a “state of shock,” said William Fraser, the Montpelier city manager. Noting the “extensive” damage, Fraser shared that “it’s going to be a long, arduous process, but we will rebuild.”