Washouts In Kirby, VT Trap Residents Overnight

By Staci DaSilva | sdasilva@nexstar.tv

Published 04/16 2014 06:29PM

Updated 04/16 2014 06:31PM

KIRBY, Vt. -

A washout in the Northeast Kingdom trapped people in dozens of homes. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Passumpsic River was back at minor flood stage.

It must have been a quiet night on Mud Hollow Road Tuesday night because the roads were impassable.

“It's a little unusual when you can't get out and you're trapped,” said resident Jim Tunny. “Today, we all have cars and cell phones and everything and we're not used to being trapped anymore."

The rain fell hard, actually a record amount for the date which washed out the road. Crews worked into the night and returned to spend Wednesday making repairs.

William Chatlos, who lives down a swallowed up road, provided a special service to his neighbors.

“We shuttled several people back and forth to get home for the evening,” explained Chatlos. “It's a little bit easier to manage in narrow passages back and forth and also, it's lighter and has the ability to get unstuck a little easier.”

Wash outs like these remind residents in Kirby of another time this happened: “During Hurricane Irene, was the last time this happened,” said Jim Tunny.

“Bad drainage basically,” said Tim Simpson, a laborer with Alliance Consulting & Excavation. “The culverts aren't very big and sometimes rocks and trees and branches get stuck in them and they just get backed up from there."

A mile away, the Passumpsic River reached its 5th highest level ever.

It was still high Wednesday afternoon but is expected to fall back below flood stage by Thursday morning.

You may remember another memorable flood event along the Passumpsic. The flood levels this time were just a little bit higher than in May 2011, when the area saw a lot of damage.

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