It was the first major tropical system to hit Vermont in nearly a decade. And Tropical Storm Irene hit hard. She first dumped several inches of rain in the southern part of the state, like in Wilmington.
The Deerfield River rose several feet over its banks, closing Routes 9 and 100 and isolating the town. The water also swept away a young woman as her boyfriend watched. A body was recovered in the area Sunday evening. Police have not confirmed if this was the same woman.
In Bennington, another dramatic scene. A car was traveling at a high rate of speed, but not down the road-- down the Roaring Branch River. Fortunately no one was in the vehicle.
And in Ludlow, someone lost a sailboat. It was carried away by rushing debris in the river.
And covered bridges across the state fell victim to rising rivers from Tropical Storm Irene. In Rockingham, the historic 150-foot long Bartonsville Covered Bridge fell into the Williams River.
A similar scene in Quechee. A majority of the Quechee Bridge was washed away by the Ottauquchee River. Most of downtown Quechee was underwater, including the Simon Pearce Mill. With scenes like this, Gov. Peter Shumlin sent out a message to Vermonters during the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m.
"The message from me: Vermonters, let's use common sense. The worst could still lie ahead of us. Downed powerlines, flooded roads, do not drive into standing water. We can replace roads, we can replace bridges and buildings, we cannot replace people," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.
We are still receiving reports of evacuations across the state. It has stopped raining in many areas, but officials say many rivers have yet to crest, so the flooding is still expected to get worst.
And a big thank you to all the WCAX viewers who sent in video and pictures Sunday. Due to the flooding it was impossible for us to get to all of the hardest hit areas because so many roads were closed. All the video in this story was provided to us by our viewers.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:54:10 GMT
The door to room 118 at the Liberty Inn and Suites is gone-- busted by police during an early morning drug raid. They say tenant Julie Herron, 41, was selling heroin out her room. She was living thereMore >>
A South Burlington drug bust exposed new abuses of the state's homeless voucher program. A couple was arrested for selling heroin out of their motel room, and police say the state was footing the bill for their stay.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:56:29 GMT
A public defender entered 34-year-old Anthony Wright's not guilty plea in the Chittenden County courthouse Friday morning. Police say a search of Wright's residence two days earlier revealed about 250More >>
A Burlington man denies drug charges after police say they stumbled upon his marijuana grow operation. It happened while authorities were investigating another alleged drug crime next door.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:45:07 GMT
Prosecutors in a murder case said Thursday that backups at the Vermont Forensics Lab have slowed their case, and the defense said the delays are violating their client's right to a speedy trial. So, isMore >>
Prosecutors in a murder case said backups at the Vt. Forensics Lab slowed their case; the defense said the delays violate their client's right to a speedy trial. So, is that courtroom strategy or is there really a backlog? More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-05-17 13:45:45 GMT
A trial date has been set for a Massachusetts man accused of killing a woman in southern Vermont. 31-year-old Frank Caraballo will be in court September 9. He's accused of killing Melissa Barratt inMore >>
A trial date has been set for a Massachusetts man accused of killing a woman in southern Vermont.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-17 16:26:55 GMT
A Vermont used car dealer is facing federal fraud charges of hiding malfunctions in the cars he sold. Prosecutors say Douglas Jordan, 40, of Wolcott, bought high-mileage used cars at auction and sold themMore >>
A Vermont used car dealer is facing federal fraud charges of hiding malfunctions in the cars he sold.More >>