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Crews work to repair storm damage in Chester

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CHESTER, Vt. -

Parts of Southern Vermont are cleaning up after summer storms whipped through Monday. Some residents say the washed out roads and flooded homes bring back memories of Tropical Storm Irene.

When Monday's summer storm barreled through Chester it washed through some homes and ripped additions off others.

"The river just sucked it down, folded it up and moved it right around his house," said Hallie Gordon, whose farm was damaged by the storm.

"She just said it's like a river going up to your house," said Holly Rosati, whose home was also damaged by the storm.

Water from the overflowing Williams River flooded thousands of Gordon's Christmas trees from her farm off Route 11.

"It was a lake all the way down through," said Gordon.

On Tuesday, propane tanks were right where Mother Nature left them after they bobbled downstream, crushing many of Gordon's youngest evergreens that were replanted following Tropical Storm Irene.

"This happened three years ago, they'll come back or we'll replant and start over," said Gordon.

More than a dozen roads were washed out from Chester to Andover as well.

"They were completely underwater. A lot of gravel coming across them, once the water receded there were very large boulders that were in the roads," Chester Fire Chief Matthew Wilson said.

In just 12 hours Chester went through the $25,000 it had set aside for road repairs this summer and the town manager says that the final price tag for repairs could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"One of the rescues we had to do, we had to utilize state highway trying to build back the road to even get in where we could start doing a rescue, so it was tough," said Wilson.

Just a day after the storm many were already making a comeback and homeowners were making progress too, citing a love for Vermont and no other option than to dig out and move on.

"Who is going to buy it knowing that it has flooded twice already in three years? You just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get going again," said Rosati.

Town leaders say they learned a number of valuable lessons from Irene, including how important it is to keep good records of the damage and what it's costing to fix it. They hope the state will be in a position to help cover part of the tab.

Gordon says it can take up to 10 years before her Christmas trees are ready for holiday decorating and that if her farm does not rebound from all the water, she's in for a pretty big loss.

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