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Downpours trigger mudslides along Route 103

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A layer of deep mud covers the Lethbridge's entire property on Route 103 in East Wallingford, remnants of the mudslide that sent the family fleeing Tuesday night.

"The water came up so quick, we ran outside tried to get in the vehicle and got out just in time," Billy Lethbridge said.

Owners spent Wednesday trying to clean up. Luckily the inside of the home was spared.

"It brought the whole bank down right onto the property. It's all mud and rocks," Lethbridge said.

Rock and sediment is all that is left of most of the yard. Uwe Behrendt's son lives here. This is what the family returned to once crews got Route 103 back open.

"The state had done a wonderful job clearing a pathway in the roads, and everything was just a mucky mess. It was really a mess," Behrendt said.

"It pushed about 3 feet of debris across Route 103 for about a 100-foot stretch of road," said Bruce Nichols of VTrans.

Just over the town line in Mount Holly, water ripped apart a culvert during the microburst.

"We are just cleaning up the debris, reopening our ditches, getting our culverts reopened, stabilizing this box culvert with some riprap and repairing the road where it washed out," Nichols said.

Officials hoped to get two-lane traffic flowing by day's end. But two families living side-by-side will be coping with the storm's aftermath for the foreseeable future.

"What a mess, what a mess. And where did the water come from? Never seen any rivers or anything out back, so we don't have a clue where it came from," Lethbridge said.

"At this point, I still don't know if we have running water, I still don't know if we have septic, I don't know the condition of the foundation of the house. So, there is a lot of questions to be answered still," Behrendt said.

And with the possibility for more pop up showers and the ground already so saturated, emergency officials are reminding folks to be alert for more mudslides or flooding.

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