Heavy storms batter Vermont wreaking havoc throughout the state. Some received only a sprinkling; other cities and towns got hammered.
Tuesday night Lowell residents surveyed the damage after water rose higher than last spring's 500-year flood with little warning. On Mink Road, Ginger and Dennis Guyette witnessed the destruction first-hand.
"Forty years," said Ginger of how long she's lived in the area, "I've seen a lot of floods, (they've) never gone up as high as this."
"From the bottom of the guard-rail over to here was just a solid body of water," said Dennis as he pointed across a 200-yard expase. He said he saw a large tree uproot and wash-up along his property.
The pair watched the same happen to a pair of their spare cars and said they lost thousands of dollars worth of property Tuesday.
Just down the river, Albert Pion snapped several pictures as the water rose. He said the flood's rapid onset astounded him, "just a matter of minutes, I pulled down the street and less than five minutes later the water was 6 inches in the road."
Across the state most saw a far different picture. One viewer in Poultney captured images of golf ball-size hail. Another in Malletts Bay captured an incredible image of lightning shooting into the sky.
Wind led to tornado warnings and watches, but no touchdowns. Trees and powerlines toppled, including one in Milton that landed on a set of power lines spanning Rte. 7. The mess stalled traffic and forced the evacuation of a small day-care.
The large tree and live wire blocked the day-care's driveway. "Everybody went out through the woods," said Doodlebug Daycare Operator Julie McCarty, "we made an adventure out of it so that they could get out."
McCarty says typically she has about five kids at her home and business, but Tuesday, only had two when the tree fell.
"I've been here 32 years and I've never seen anything like this," she said of the high-wind and hail.
Far away in Lowell, Albert Pion echoed her thoughts. "Nothing," he repeated three times when asked if he had ever seen anything like Tuesday's flood, "seen a lot of water but nothing like this."
Repairs are already underway in Waterville, where rainwater rose too quickly for culverts, washing away parts of 109 and closing 118. Lowell's repairs may take far more time.
As of Tuesday night, more than 2,000 homes were without power, with Bennington and Orleans county hit the hardest.
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