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Flash flooding forces Williamstown residents from homes

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. -

Flash flooding struck Williamstown early Tuesday morning, receding almost as fast as it arrived. But it left plenty of dirt, mud and water to clean up.

To warn his neighbor of danger, Douglas Gunlaw dodged cars as they bobbed in the flooding.

"I had to walk in waist-deep water across the driveway, and then it started slowly going down and it was up to the second stair up there on the higher ground," Gunlaw said.

Overflowing brook banks forced Randolph National Bank President Steve Dimick to close for the day.

"We would like to reopen tomorrow," Dimick said.

He says he expected worse, but reopening will need to wait until they're off generator power.

"I think most people understand what has happened here," Dimick said.

"I can't afford the expense, monetarily or emotionally," Brandy Todd said.

The Williamstown homeowner says she and her fiancé just finished making repairs after flooding last year. This one makes three in two years, and she fears another big bill.

"I don't know who to call, what to do or where to go," Todd said.

FEMA spokesman Mark Landry listened to Todd's questions, but the best encouragement he could offer is that communities, states and the federal government come together.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he hopes to have estimated cumulative damage totals available by Thursday so the state and individuals can apply for aid.

"It's heartbreaking. We continue to get deluged by rain; Vermont just can't take it," said Shumlin, D-Vermont. "There's more rain coming this afternoon, more rain coming tomorrow and you know, where's it going to hit next?"

In Roxbury, repairs are underway after last week's storm washed away large sections of road. But fixes in any recently-fixed area will be in vain with another large-dose of rain.

Many of the residents we spoke with say this storm did more damage to their property than Tropical Storm Irene did in September 2011.

The Williamstown High School will function as an emergency shelter again Tuesday night for those that can't stay in their homes.

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