Over 18,000 Vermont homes and business remained without power late Friday afternoon, while local and state swiftwater rescue teams have helped numerous stranded motorists and people trapped in their homes by the high waters.
State officials have warned that more are expected to lose service after high, gusty winds scraped the region much of the day after heavy rainfall overnight caused widespread flooding. The town of Stowe canceled all public events, including Sunday’s Stowe 10-mile Road Race. Officials say much of the route is impassable due to the heavy rains.
“The impacts of this storm have been significant, and further hazards are likely to present themselves,” said Gov. Phil Scott, who thanked local and state responders and “everyone working hard to recover from this storm.”
Heavy rains brought high water from one end of Vermont to the other Thursday night, followed by the arrival Friday of strong, gusty winds – a combination that shut down more than 100 schools, closed some two dozen roads and left thousands without power.
A flood warning remains in effect for much of northern Vermont through midday. In Johnson, town officials say rivers are continuing to rise and aren’t expected to crest until Friday afternoon at the earliest.
In Richmond (below), Bridge Road was one of dozens of local and state roads shut down by high water.
At 4:45 p.m., VTOutages reported that about 39,500 utility customers, from Swanton to Vernon, were without service, including almost 24,000 Green Mountain Power customers.
Earlier, about 16,000 were in the dark in New Hampshire, where the National Weather Service says the observatory atop Mount Washington, New England’s tallest peak, recorded a gust of 130 mph Friday.
In South Burlington, flooding has shut down the following roads:
- Van Sicklen Road at the town line with Williston;
- Cheese Factory Road at the town line with Shelburne; and
- Kimball Ave at Marshall Ave near the town line with Williston;
Williston Road between Kennedy Drive and Aviation Ave was closed overnight, due to high water levels. But police say the road is currently passable.
- In Bradford, 172 North Main St is blocked near Bradford Academy due to lines down in the roadway.
- N. Main St. in Bethel, just north of Sanders Road is closed due to wires and pole down. Access to the area can be made via Findley Brook Rd.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation reports the following road closures:
- VT 100 at the Lowell/Westfield Town line;
- US 7 in Colchester from Collins Farm to VT 2A
- VT102, 3 miles north of Guildhall Village, in Maidstone;
- VT 15 in Cambridge near Pumpkin Harbor Rd.;
- VT122 in Lyndon at the junction of US 5;
- VT 105 between Berkshire and Richford;
- VT 108 in Stowe near the Top Notch Resort;
- VT 15 in Essex near Saxon Hill Rd;
- VT-58 near Holy Moly Rd in Irasburg;
- VT 105 from Enosburg Village to VT 120
- VT 100 in Rochester near Quarry Hill Rd;
- VT 100 in Troy Village just south of Mill St;
- VT 128 in Essex from Weed Rd to Irene Ave;
- VT 125 in Middlebury near the Ripton town line;
- VT 118 between VT 105 and VT 242);
- VT 36 in Fairfield/Bakersfield;
- VT 14 in Albany near Water St;
- VT 100 at White Rd in Eden.
The severe weather has caused problems along the Eastern Seaboard, from South Carolina to Maine and Ohio.