Spring flooding overtook sections of Ludlow early Monday morning, prompting the evacuation of the Black River Mobile Home Park, located on Route 103.
Arline Hoos moved to Vermont a month before Tropical Storm Irene struck the region, that was the last time she had to be evacuated because of high water.
“I was evacuated then and now. It’s traumatic,” said Hoos. She was awoken at 5 a.m. this morning by the local authorities, she described the scene. “I was woken up, all I could do was put on clothes and go!”
According to Chief Peter Kolena of the Ludlow Fire Department, some residents were evacuated to higher ground via a bucket loader.
“A policeman rang my bell at 5 a.m., woke me up. He said, ‘the water is rising’,” said Hoos.
Hoos evacuated across the street to the Ludlow Community Center, along with her three parrots.
“They opened the community center up, they served us a coffee,” she said. “We stayed there until I saw the sunshine and I thought, it’s time to check the damage out.”
It’s evident the floodwaters left a mark on this section of town, eroding roadways and driveways surrounding Hoos’s home.
Fortunately for those living in Ludlow, the damage has been minimal, according to Chief Kolenda.
Chief Kolenda did describe a condo complex north of the village on Rublee Road were left stranded because of the high water.
“Turn around don’t drown,” said Kolenda. “If you don’t know how deep the water is, don’t drive through it.”
Floodwaters did reduce Route 103 south of the village down to one lane, as the water was crossing over the road in front of the ‘Ludlow Village Pizza’.
As for Hoos, she is safely back in her home, and she knows that the outcome could have been worse.
“I know we will recover here, I really believe that,” said Hoos.