Irene's Aftermath: Vermont Flooding Worst Since 1927 - Eight States Receive Hundred-Year Rains

By now you've no doubt seen photos or video of the devastating flooding in Vermont; here's some more of the stats defining the devastation there: Weather Underground reports that Otter Creek in Rutland, Vermont crested at 17.21'--nine feet above flood stage and nearly four feet about the previous record. Vermont received 3-7" of rain in twelve hours.

Remember, that in the narrow valleys in the mountains, that amount of rain yields much greater flooding than it does in flatter land.

Over at On Earth, Ben Jervey (a former TreeHugger contributor) spells out just part of the butcher's bill:

  • As of last night, three people dead, one still missing.
  • 260 roads wiped out of damaged; six bridges totally wiped out, some of which had stood for more than one hundred years, surviving a century of flooding; 30 bridges damaged and closed.
  • 280 people left homeless after their homes were destroyed or damaged in flooding.
  • 11 towns cut off from the state highway system, isolated.

In upstate New York, the New York Times reports the town of Prattsville "has been washed away."

Think Progress lists out those rivers and towns setting all-time flood height records during Hurricane Irene: Mettawee River, Middle Granville NY; Hoosic River, North Bennington VT; Saxton River, Saxton River VT; Schoharie Creek, Gilboa NY; Esopus Creek, Coldbrook NY; Passaic River, Millington NJ; Rockaway River, Boonton NJ; Pompton River, Pompton Plains NJ; Millstone River, Blackwells Mills NJ; Assunpink Creek, Trenton NJ.

Unofficial maximum rainfall records were set in 14 states, from North Carolina through Maine. Bunyan, North Carolina topped the list, receiving 14" of rain from the hurricane.

More broadly, Weather Underground reports that once in a hundred years' rains fell in parts of eight states.

Words at this point are ineffective. Head over to Scoop.it for extensive photo and video coverage of the devastation in the Green Mountain State. Burlington Free Press also has some great photo galleries as well.


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