Strong storms tear through Chittenden County

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 11:53 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:24 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Crews are working to clean up after a fast-moving storm knocked down trees and power lines and flooded roads Tuesday night.

It began with the dark skies over Lake Champlain just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Rain, thunder and lightning soon followed, with winds and high water damaging areas of the Champlain Valley.

On St. Paul Street in Burlington, a massive tree fell and landed on two cars, causing significant damage and closing the street.

One owner was shocked to see her car under a tree.

“I came home and I saw the big tree in the road and I knew that was right where we parked,” said Jill Savage of Burlington.

Over on Hungerford Terrace, strong winds knocked over another large tree branch that hit power lines, knocking out power to homes nearby and hitting some parked cars. Firefighters and Burlington Electric responded to the scene.

“The branch came and landed on some power lines. They didn’t break but it sagged ‘em down and made it fairly dangerous for the people around here,“ Burlington Fire Lt. Phil Luedee said.

Another problem was flooding, especially on parts of Isham, Pine and South Union streets, as well as Shelburne Road.

On Lakeside Avenue, cars were unable to drive because water levels were so high. Police say there was upward of 2-and-a-half feet of water by 9 p.m. Some people even had to jump-start their cars because of all the water.

As of Wednesday morning, Green Mountain Power reported upward of 250 households without power.

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