Swanton flooding evacuates 26 homes, 35 people

Swanton, Vt. - Rapidly rising water from the Missisquoi River caused some serious flooding on Saturday.

Multiple agencies and departments worked together to save 35 people stranded from their homes as water rose. Officials said ice jams caused the Missisquoi River to back up spilling icing waters on to Route 78 and Monument Road in Swanton.

Swanton Fire Crews were alerted to the scene around 2 a.m. by a resident.

Fire officials said 26 homes were checked and some, like Ray Menard, chose to remain in their homes. Menard came up with some creative ways to avoid the flood waters and get supplies.

"I unburied my ATV and tracked about a quarter mile through the woods and were going to get some supplies and head back in," Menard said. "I guess its about three foot high above the guard rails right at the peak and its just a frozen slushy muddy water– unpassable."

Residents said they haven't seen flooding like this in 60 years.

A Red Cross Shelter opened at the Missisquoi Valley Union High School for those displaced. It has since closed. A press release from the Red Cross indicates, " Residents who were displaced have found or are being provided shelter for the night."


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