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VTrans to help with Colo. flood recovery

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

As damage from flooding continues to ravage Colorado, Vermont Transportation Agency staff will be heading to state Monday to help with recovery efforts.

Fourteen inches of rain have left a wake of disaster throughout the state, similar to what Vermont experienced during Tropical Storm Irene.  Multiple deaths have been reported and hundreds are still missing.
    
At the request of Colorado's Governor, three VTrans staff will fly out to the Rockies to help guide the state's road and bridge repair.  In a statement, Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles says his staff's experience during Irene will be valuable in helping with the monumental task ahead.
 
Vermont's Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, Chief Engineer Richard Tetreault, and Scott Rogers are making the trip.

"I remember the early stages of Irene and it is quite chaotic and to have someone from the outside who has experience managing a crisis like this, to be able to come in and see the big picture and see the long term rather than being in the crisis of the moment,  I think can be very helpful," Minter told WCAX.

The group plans to return to Vermont on Thursday. 

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