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Irene plus 1 - Catamount building rebuilt-MRVTV in new space

MRVTV salvaged some archival material but lost most of its equipment in the flood. The studio took a temporary space next to the former Blue Toad in the Village Square Shopping Center and then took the Blue Toad space, completing renovations this summer. The station will host a Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer celebrating the new space this Thursday, August 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.

CatamountBuilding rebuilt, MRVTV in new space

The red Catamount building that adjoins the Waitsfield Hotel in the Bridge Street Marketplace took on almost five feet of water during Tropical Storm Irene. The flood completely destroyed the studios and offices of Mad River Valley TV, The Valley’s public access television channel.

The flooding also damaged papers and computers of the Architectural Association that shared space with MRVTV.

Craig Goss and Janice Kenyon own the building and dove right in after the flood with cleanup and rebuilding.

“While we still have some empty space, we were one of the first businesses/buildings to complete a full restoration, thanks to my neighbor Chris Welsch who drove the whole effort and thanks to all the volunteer efforts in The Valley. The volunteers were absolutely incredible and helped us get back on our feet in the first month or so. We were back in operation by January,” Goss said.

The ground-level floor, which now houses the architects and used to house MRVTV, was completely gutted and rebuilt. Goss said they were fairly well covered in terms of insurance but received less coverage for a portion of the ground floor that requires stepping down a few steps.

Goss said that the support of the community and the Mad River Valley Community Fund were incredibly important in the recovery efforts.

“I believe the feeling of ‘we’re all in this together’ has been there all along in our community. The community support was unbelievable for us and for everyone in the marketplace. No one enjoyed the flood, but overall we’re feeling fine. We’ll be fine,” Goss said.