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2 road workers rescued from rising water in North Clarendon

Courtesy: William Jalbert Courtesy: William Jalbert
Courtesy: William Jalbert Courtesy: William Jalbert
Courtesy: William Jalbert Courtesy: William Jalbert
Courtesy: William Jalbert Courtesy: William Jalbert
Courtesy: Vt. State Police Courtesy: Vt. State Police

Clarendon, Vermont - September 1, 2011

Flash flooding Thursday night in some of the areas hit hardest by Irene. Some people were evacuated from their homes in the Jamaica area and in Londonderry. Emergency management says the heavy rain washed out new parts of Route 100 and additional side roads.

And two members of a road crew were trapped by rising floodwaters.

Around 5:30 p.m., dozens of crews responded to a bridge on Route 7 in North Clarendon. Two contractors were working below the bridge when rising water surrounded them. They had not heard the flash flood warnings and were trapped on an island to wait for rescue.

A chopper moved in to lift each one to safety. Neither was hurt.

"It changes dramatically, in a matter of seconds. People don't understand just how forceful it really is. I'm just lucky someone didn't go in the water to try to rescue them," North Clarendon Fire Chief Norm Flanders said.

Flanders says the water has not receded in the area.

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