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Tropical Storm Irene – one year later

 

A year after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont and the MadRiverValley, many of those affected by the storm are back in their homes and many businesses have re-opened. Many people are just moving back into their homes after a long year of cleaning and dealing with insurance, FEMA and reconstruction.

Roads and bridges have been repaired. Moretown, which was very hard hit by the storm, has re-opened its school, post office and two churches in the village that were flooded. The Moretown town clerk’s office remains closed and its fate is uncertain.

Waitsfield’s Bridge Street has undergone much change since the flooding, with several new businesses and several that did not re-open and one that relocated.

Warren’s Pitcher Inn has cleaned up, rebuilt and re-opened and several people in The Valley are awaiting word on whether their properties will be subject to FEMA buyouts.

August 28 marks the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene which dealt The Valley and Vermont a devastating blow. The rain fell all day Sunday, increasing in volume in the afternoon leading to severe flooding in Warren, Waitsfield, Moretown, Duxbury and Waterbury.

The flooding from Irene rivaled or surpassed the flood of 1927 depending on which gauges were consulted. Flood stage at the Moretown gauge of the MadRiver is 9 feet. On August 28, 2011, the water crested at 19.06 feet which is just shy of the 19.4 feet in 1927. Some reports have the bridge cresting one-eighth of an inch higher than 1927.

Over two dozen homes and buildings were severely damaged (one destroyed) in Moretown. A home at the bottom of North Fayston Road in Waitsfield was destroyed. Homes and businesses on Bridge Street in Waitsfield were inundated with water and badly damaged. A Warren home was flooded as was the basement of The Pitcher Inn in WarrenVillage.

Both Waitsfield and Warren’s covered bridges were damaged and closed.

The bridge on Route 100B leading into MoretownVillage was closed as was a bridge north of MoretownVillage. German Flats Road turned into a deep gully at the FaystonElementary School. Huge swaths of Route 100 were gone from Waitsfield to Warren and even larger swaths of Route 100 were missing from Warren to Granville to Hancock and further to the south.

The flooding spurred a massive volunteer cleanup and the rebuilding efforts that continue today. Many, many people and businesses in the community were aided by help from the Mad River Valley Community Fund.

Tropical Storm Irene – one year later

23-08-2012

Tropical Storm Irene – one year later

A year after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont and the Mad River Valley, many of those affected by the storm are back in their homes and many businesses have re-opened....

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Irene plus 1 - Vermont Governor Shumlin tours The Mad River …

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Vermont Governor Shumlin tours The Mad River Valley and White River Valley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will visit communities hard hit by Tropical Storm Irene on Sunday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 28. He will be at the Town Hall in Granville at...

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Irene plus 1 - Hancock, Granville and Rochester roadwork alm…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Hancock, Granville and Rochester roadwork almost completed

The ravages of Irene on Hancock, Granville and Rochester roads are almost complete. The storm did major damage to major town roads in the White River Valley, some of which...

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Irene plus 1 - Bridge Street block party celebrates communit…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Bridge Street block party celebrates community

Mad RiverValley ‘Vermont Strong’ Bridge Street block party is September 8 On September 8, from 3 to 10 p.m., all are invited to converge on Bridge Street in Waitsfield for a...

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Irene plus 1 - Moretown recognizes anniversary of Tropical S…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Moretown recognizes anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene

Community members are invited to a celebration to recognize the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene in Moretown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 25. The celebration starts with a dedication...

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Irene plus 1 - Waterbury to mark Irene anniversary

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Waterbury to mark Irene anniversary

Many events are planned to mark the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Residents from Randall Street, Elm Street and Park Row in Waterbury will host a “Thank You Volunteer...

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Irene plus 1 - After Irene Floodgates Art Project exhibit op…

23-08-2012

A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public. On Saturday, August...

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Irene plus 1 - Mad River Valley Community Fund rose to the c…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Mad River Valley Community Fund rose to the challenge

The Mad River Valley Community Fund raised module.1 million for flood relief following Tropical Storm Irene and gave away module.35 million in relief in three rounds of grants and loans. After...

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Irene plus 1 - Help still needed for long-term flood relief

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Help still needed for long-term flood relief

The need is still great for long-term flood relief and, in particular, the most pressing need is for heavy equipment to repair and re-sculpt landscape torn apart by Tropical Storm...

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Irene plus 1 - Farm recovery will be a two-year process

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Farm recovery will be a two-year process

Elwin Neill of Neill Farm in Waitsfield didn’t waste any time repairing the damage Tropical Storm Irene did to his farm. “My hay rake took a ride down the river,”...

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Irene plus 1 - Restoration efforts continue at Simplicity Fa…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Restoration efforts continue at Simplicity Farm

When Tropical Storm Irene came through last year, the floods washed out 2,600 feet of streambank at Simplicity Farm, which is located just north of North Fayston Road on Route...

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Irene plus 1 - making do on gravel-filled filled at Valley M…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - making do on gravel-filled filled at Valley Mead Farm

Valley Mead Farm, located just north of Tremblay Road on Route 100 in Waitsfield, suffered up to ,000 worth of damage due to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, as water...

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Irene plus 1 - A really sick and twisted blessing in disguis…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - A really sick and twisted blessing in disguise

When floodwaters rose five feet in just 40 minutes on the afternoon of Tropical Storm Irene, “I grabbed a toothbrush and an overnight bag and some dog food and left,”...

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Irene plus 1 - A brand new house in an old shell for DiCarlo…

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - A brand new house in an old shell for DiCarlo and Becker

John DiCarlo and Pam Becker were slated to close on the sale of their house in Moretown Village on Monday, August 29, the day after Tropical Storm Irene ripped out...

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Regeneration/rebirth on Bridge Street

23-08-2012

Regeneration/rebirth on Bridge Street

“It’s very humbling to be part of this community,” Sam Gulisano said in the parking lot of the blue building that helps anchor Bridge Street in Waitsfield. The building was severely...

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Irene plus 1 - Restoring calm at Mad River Massage

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Restoring calm at Mad River Massage

The Mad River serves as a scenic, gently gurgling border to the grassy lawn and gardens outside Mad River Massage, located on Route 100 in Waitsfield, adding to the business’...

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Irene plus 1 - Play ball to be heard again

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Play ball to be heard again

When bases, bleachers, dugouts and roads were carried away from Couples Club Recreation Field in Waitsfield during flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, Mad River Valley Little League lost its playing...

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Irene plus 1 - Pitcher Inn is whole again

23-08-2012

Irene plus 1 - Pitcher Inn is whole again

The day after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, the lower level of The Pitcher Inn in Warren Village “looked like the lower level of the Titanic,” the inn’s general manager...

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

23-08-2012

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...

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Irene plus 1- Dentist worked side-by-side with contractors

23-08-2012

Dr. Steve Zonies would rather have a tooth pulled than deal with the U.S. Small Business Administration again. Zonies, owner of Valley Dental in Waitsfield, turned to the federal agency after...

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