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.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:34:35 GMT
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains. There were localized areas of high water and damage, like a road washout on Mud Hollow Road in Kirby. Water remainsMore >>
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:58:11 GMT
Teamwork between a Montgomery farmer and a corporal with the Franklin Country sheriff's department may have saved a life when they pulled off a daring rescue. A woman became trapped in her truck tryingMore >>
A Montgomery farmer and a sheriff's deputy joined forces for a daring rescue to help a woman who got trapped in her truck by rising floodwaters.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:02:05 GMT
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York. The governor made the declaration Tuesday night. It covers six counties in northeastern of New York, including two inMore >>
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:08:35 GMT
If you thought the weather Tuesday really stunk, you weren't alone. Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers were too much for even a beaver. WCAX Producer Diane Landry caught video Tuesday in MiltonMore >>
Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers in our region Tuesday were too much for even a beaver.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:09:50 GMT
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont. SheldonMore >>
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont.More >>