Barre Residents Displaced After Severe Weather Damages Apartment Building


Severe weather rocked most of the region starting early Saturday morning. The hardest hit area includes Barre City, where some residents are left with out a place to sleep.

“I looked out the window, and looked toward my apartment and the roof came off,” said Mario Parent of Barre, Vermont. 

Mario parent is one of five families now left homeless after severe weather struck Barre City on Saturday afternoon. Stripping the roof from an apartment building.

Parent describes the scene as a sudden gust of wind, calling it a wind storm. The storm struck a little after 2:30pm, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issues just after 2pm. That allowed nearly 30 minutes of lead time warning for residents to seek shelter.

“It’s kind of weird, never been homeless before. So right now I am just waiting,” said Parent. The New Hampshire and Vermont chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting those five families displaced by the storm.

Barre City Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Aldsworth said the call came in roughly twenty minutes before 3 pm. No one in the building was injured.

“We were called to 81 North Main Street for a roof being removed from a home,” said Deputy Fire Chief Aldsworth. The location is also home of  Project Independence, an adult day health services center.

“The engineer determined that the building is stable and will need some roof reconstruction,” said Deputy Fire Chief Aldsworth.

Now residents are waiting to return to what is left of their home and gather belongings.

“One minute you have an apartment and the next minute you aren’t allowed there. How long we are going to be out we don’t know. Could be weeks days,” said Parent.

Officials says it could be several weeks before parent and his neighbors will be able to call this place home again.

Project Independence will be closed on Monday. National Weather Service confirms the damage was from straight line wind.


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