Montpelier Preps for Flooding

By Megan Carpenter |

Published 04/15 2014 06:17PM

Updated 04/15 2014 08:21PM

MONTPELIER, Vt.- Montpelier braced for flooding Tuesday night.  City officials prepared for the Winooski River to crest at 16 feet, which would put water levels one foot too high. 

"It certainly won't be anything like the flooding we had back in 2011, but we do prepare for flooding, no matter what," says City Manager William Fraser.

Certain parking lots will close at 6 p.m.  The city's Emergency Operation Center will open at 7 p.m.  Hundreds of sand bags have been stored at the city's fire department, in case of emergency.

Storm drains and key culverts were cleaned out to accommodate the large amount of rain expected.  Also, Fraser says Vermont Emergency Management will be contacted frequently for updates.  

"We're making sure we have sufficient patrol on and communications in place," says Fraser.

Updates on potential road closures can be found on the city's Facebook page and website.  View river gauges here:

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