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Vt. road crews ready for more wet weather

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VTrans is readying its 1,300 employees to respond to flooded roads across Vermont as the rainfall continues.

Transportation officials say the wet weather is putting culverts and pavement to the test, too. Because the soil is so saturated, water is now running over the roads rather than under them.

Chittenden County has been hit hardest. Crews are working to repair roads in four locations, including Interstate 89 near French Hill on the Williston-Richmond town line. VTrans says the slope failed and runoff damaged the road.

"We're doing an assessment now. Our project people are taking a look at it. We're taking care of the slope on a temporary basis by using rock, but we know that the larger fix is going to take much longer," Vt. Transportation Secretary Brian Searles said.

The interstate has been reduced to one lane in the southbound stretch of road near French Hill. VTrans estimates that closure could last up to one month.

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