General United States Weather

A Historic Flash Flooding hits New York; Vermont Isolated by Catastrophic Flooding

Photo from City of Montpelier Facebook page

New York Governor Hochul told a press conference that the flooding is serious enough to happen once in a thousand years and urged all affected residents to evacuate safely. Vermont has declared a state of emergency. Heavy rains and gusty winds have submerged main roads in the state’s capital.

Many of the residents are missing and rescue actions are on the way. Rivers and creeks are overflowing and submerged in the towns in New York and Vermont. “Some officials in Vermont said Tuesday the flooding over the past two days has been worse than what they experienced in Hurricane Irene in 2011. Along Route 103, floodwaters carved a gulley underneath railroad tracks, spilling debris along the roadway and leaving the tracks suspended in the air.”

Further up the road, Sam’s Steakhouse was considered a total loss. Owner Andrew Molen said that at one point, floodwaters were 7 feet deep inside his restaurant. Fire Chief Peter Kolenda said the flooding was the worst the town had ever seen. He said swift water crews rescued six people Monday and were still working to retrieve people stuck in their houses.

“A lot of them are sheltered in place, but we wanted to check on them and make sure they don’t have any needs like medications, etc.,” he said.

Kolenda said crews were working to get the main roads open over the next several days. He said back roads could take months to reopen.” According to

One woman was missing at the flash flooding in Vermont but was found safe. More than 100 people were rescued. 14 counties were declared disasters. They are isolated by catastrophe, and the capital of the state is flooded. Rivers overflowed and were over 21 feet. The debris and boats are littering the Connecticut River in Vermont. The problem is more rain forecasting in Vermont.

City of the Montpelier updated its Facebook page at 8 pm on Tuesday- Both the Winooski and North Branch Rivers are receding and are now below flood stage. The Wrightsville Dam water level is beginning to recede and is not anticipated to breach the spillway. In the event of an unlikely release of water, the lower levels of the North Branch River would now be able to accommodate any excess water without causing more damage.
Some roads are now open downtown for emergency through traffic, however, please avoid traveling through the downtown area unless absolutely necessary. At this time, State Street is open to Bailey Ave. with some access to Governor Aiken, and Main Street is open through Spring Street.
Beginning at 6:00 am tomorrow, Wednesday, July 12, a parking ban will be in effect for Main Street and State Street to allow Public Works crews to begin clearing mud and debris from the roadways. Any cars remaining on the roads will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
DPW will be available to help businesses clear trash from flooded areas. Please place all trash along the street for crews to pick up.
At 8:00 am, the City’s building inspector and sustainability and facilities coordinator will be outperforming initial inspections in the downtown. The Emergency Operations Center will also begin assembling volunteers to help with clean-up efforts. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the form on our Emergency Response page here:
The City is still experiencing some experiencing technical difficulties. We will continue to share urgent updates through VT-Alerts if any issues arise. This will be the last update for the evening. Our next update will be at 6:00 am tomorrow.

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