Wells River home damaged by mudslide/Courtesy: Wells River Fire Chief Jeffrey Morin
Lyndonville/Courtesy: Jeffrey Church
Moretown, Vermont - October 1, 2010
When you live near a river you need to be ready.
"It would come up quick. We want to be prepared," said Mark Austin of Moretown.
Austin loves living in Moretown. But living next to the Mad River can be maddening at times.
"Ninety-nine percent of the time it is like heaven here. Twice during the winter and maybe once during the summer it is like this," he said.
This is one of those days. Up and down the Mad River Valley-- there is danger.
"Until it is over it is kind of nerve-racking," Austin said.
Heavy rains drenched the region, washing out roads.
Route 17 in Fayston was under the weather.
While just about every part of our region was impacted by this flash flooding, most of the damage was limited to those roads that snuggled waterways.
"Well we are hauling some rock over here to Waitsfield along Route 100 to fix this washout here in the Mill Brook," said Gayle Towne of the Vt. Agency of Transportation.
Cars took their time working their way through the roads. Everyone was on edge because the rain was still coming at mid-day.
Back at the Mad River, there was plenty of activity in the Village of Waitsfield. Emergency officials, business and homeowners and a good dose of visitors were on hand at the covered bridge, snapping pictures and keeping a close eye on the water.
"When it was dark could not see. Just as soon as you could see when day light came-- holy mackerel! I see this river come up two and a half feet in less than an hour," Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Chief Delbert Palmer said.
Palmer has seen his share of close calls. This is his 60th year on the fire department-- the last 22 as chief. The chief knows what the Mad River can dish out.
"That's why they call it the Mad River-- it gets mad," he said.