Firehouse flooding in Wilmington - Julie Parsons Sullivan photo
Courtesy: Bill Hunt
August 28, 2011 - 3:30 p.m.
An update now on Irene's impact in our region-- we have flash flooding across the state, power outages and at least one person is reported missing, swept away by floodwaters.
The National Guard is headed to Rutland City which is seeing evacuations at this hour, and the Otter Creek there is at floodstage.
Many communities in Southern Vermont are flooded; Brattleboro, Wilmington and Bennington are all underwater. The Whetstone Brook has flooded Flat Street near Sam's Department store.
Bill Hunt, the road supervisor in Wilmington, tells us Route 9 and 100 are completely impassable. He says residents are trapped in their homes because the east branch of the Deerfield River rose so quickly. He says it's worse than the flooding from the Hurricane of 1938.
WCAX News Anchor Kristin Kelly: Have you seen anything like this before?
Bill Hunt: Now, I spoke to a guy who is 96 and he said the last time he'd seen anything like this was in 1938 and we're already past that level. We have a building marked downtown the flood level from 1938, and it's above that.
Kelly: So what are you and your colleagues doing now?
Hunt: We got the generator on and stay put. We're trapped here. There's an emergency shelter set up at the school, but I don't believe they got food into it before the roads were blocked off. So can't get rescue or anything. The propane tanks have been washing down through the village and I've heard one or two houses on Main Street have washed downriver as well.