The stunning images come from the air. Vermont's quiet and tranquil villages ravaged by flash flooding.
In Arlington, where Norman Rockwell depicted Americana with his art-- destruction; homes surrounded by water, crops coming into season wiped out by water.
As we travel south, more of the same; a bigger community under water in the shadow of the Bennington Battle Monument. A war waged by Mother Nature; the rain-- buckets of rain-- too much for Vermont's rivers and streams.
As we head north, Rutland-- the same story but loss of life; a father and a son killed as they checked on the city's water system.
Mountain communities cut off from civilization... no phone, internet or power.
You can also see farms on the edge; the summer's work wiped out, heavy equipment and cows in trouble.
As we cross into Windham County we find tourist communities under water and loss of life-- a young woman swept away in the early stages of the storm.
This event is too big to show all the images... dozens of Vermont towns facing incredible challenges to keep their people safe and rebuild.
As we head north up the spine of the Green Mountains-- unthinkable images. Someone writes RIP or Rest in Peace on a bridge broken in two. And the final resting spot for Rochester residents partially destroyed-- a cemetery not spared from Irene.
The Mad River Valley has seen flooding before, but not like this. Residents, neighbors rally to stay afloat. The cleanup is endless, but they have hope they can overcome this latest natural disaster.
And in Waterbury, more of the same; a key part of the state's support system flooded, the Waterbury complex off line. Employees told to stay home.
A storm for the century-- a disaster that will test the will of its residents for some time, many living off hope of a better day.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-03-11 21:59:43 GMT
"You know, people say you might not need it, which is true, but this way you get a choice. I don't have to go out tomorrow," said Lorinda Henry of Milton. Henry says she hit the grocery stores TuesdayMore >>
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Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:49:17 GMT
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife. New York State Police were called to the Best Value Inn on Booth Drive Sunday night for a report of a domestic dispute. InvestigatorsMore >>
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:14:46 GMT
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street in Burlington Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly 300 dollars from him. Police arrested 29-year-olds Andre Martel and Anthony HammondMore >>
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly $300 from him.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:01:29 GMT
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison. Police say Christopher Bush topped speeds of 100-miles-per-hour in a stolen SUV. The 27 year old pleadedMore >>
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:58:56 GMT
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman. Maryann Foster, 59, went missing the week of Feb. 24 and there has been no luck finding her yet. Police sayMore >>
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-03-11 22:07:01 GMT
"Seems like it was just yesterday. Doesn't seem like it's been two years at all," said Glenda Reandeau of Tupper Lake. Residents of Tupper Lake still have their eyes out for Colin Gillis, a now 20-year-oldMore >>
Colin Gillis of Tupper Lake, N.Y., disappeared two years ago. And authorities are still searching for him. They say the investigation now focuses on tips from the public and from those who were the last to see Gillis.More >>