Water was high at the Allen Brook in Williston. So high, it spilled over onto part of North Williston Road, stranding many during their evening commutes.
"We were expecting to go home and we can't get there. So it's pretty surprising," said Becky Tharpe. She and her neighbor Linda Kulp live at the intersection just a few feet past the flooded brook and don't expect to get home anytime soon.
"Obviously it's moving very rapidly and who knows how deep it is, I can see there's a transformer partially under water so I don't think this is a good situation to move through," Kulp said.
Despite the roadblock, Tharpe is keeping a sunny outlook on this otherwise gloomy Tuesday.
"The first thing I said to [my son] Kiernan is, 'Well, now we can go run some errands!' since we can't get home," explained Tharpe.
Throughout the state flash flooding turned small brooks and streams into raging rivers, making some roads nearly impassable. In Saranac, N.Y., small streams spilled their banks filling front yards.
"The water was running down here just like a river. It was unbelievable," said Nancy Clancy.
Rescuers have also been called for several stranded hikers throughout the state. The National Weather Service is warning people that no place outside is safe in a storm like this one. Vermont Emergency Management says if you find yourself outside get below the tree lines so you can seek shelter there rather than at the top of your hiking trail.
Interstate 89 flooded, too. Water rushing down French Hill shut down one of the southbound lanes near Richmond. It will remain closed through Wednesday for repairs.
Weeks of heavy rainfall are taking their toll on one Essex Junction homeowner. For her, basement flooding is becoming the norm.
"It's a lot of work. Cleaning, bleaching, drying out, all over again," explained Linda Paroline.
She says since Memorial Day she's racked up tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.
"A little overwhelmed, and in need of something to be done here. We just can't keep emptying out our basement every month all summer long," Paroline said.
It only takes about a foot of water to make a vehicle float, which can quickly become very dangerous. And even if the water is low, the road underneath it may be weak and could give out, so do not try to drive over flooded roads.
Thursday, December 12 2013 12:32 AM EST2013-12-12 05:32:39 GMT
Voting ends Thursday on a measure that could decide whether a major industrial wind project in the Northeast Kingdom moves forward. The Seneca Mountain project calls for 20 turbines on ridge lines inMore >>
Voting ends Thursday on a measure that could decide whether a major industrial wind project in the Northeast Kingdom moves forward.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:37 PM EST2013-12-12 04:37:09 GMT
Vermont State Police say they're looking for a thief who made off with 50 gallons of diesel fuel. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning at a farm on Shoreham Depot Road in Shoreham. They say anMore >>
Vermont State Police say they're looking for a thief who made off with 50 gallons of diesel fuel.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:34 PM EST2013-12-12 04:34:11 GMT
Family and friends of victims Amanda Murphy and Jason Timmons -- gathered in Wilder Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the recently engaged couple and their unborn child. MoreMore >>
Family and friends of victims Amanda Murphy and Jason Timmons -- gathered in Wilder Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the recently engaged couple and their unborn child.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:19 PM EST2013-12-11 22:19:28 GMT
Police say they've caught the man wanted for three bank robberies in the Upper Valley. James Oberfeldt, 30, of Claremont, is currently jailed in Massachusetts on a drug charge. Police say he's been identifiedMore >>
Police say they've caught the man wanted for three bank robberies in the Upper Valley.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:54 PM EST2013-12-11 23:54:10 GMT
Two men are behind bars after a burglary in St. Albans. Police arrested James Perron, 27, of St. Albans, and Eric Walsh, 34, Tuesday for allegedly stealing a safe containing $15,000 in cash. It happenedMore >>
Two men are behind bars in connection with a burglary in St. Albans.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:53 PM EST2013-12-12 00:53:13 GMT
Two Plattsburgh State students are under arrest in connection with a brawl outside a fraternity house. It happened last month outside the Alpha Chi Rho (AXP) house on Brinkerhoff Street. Police say itMore >>
Authorities say allegations of a sexual assault in Plattsburgh led to a brawl. Now, some fraternity brothers are facing charges and more could be coming.More >>