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USA: Storms flood Vermont

Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, closed its flooded downtown after storms dumped nine inches of rain – more than two months – in the state from late Sunday through early Tuesday, destroying roads, prompting rapid rescues and forcing residents and businesses to evacuate and the city to move its dispatch, police and fire operations because of the flooding.

The Winooski River, which runs through the city, had already surpassed projections of 19.8 feet, and just before midnight it was at 20.8 feet. It had not been this swollen since the Great Vermont Flood of 1927, when it reached a record 27 feet and killed 84 people, including the Lieutenant Governor.

“The floods are severe, we cannot say yet about the damage and there are no known casualties,” city manager William Fraser said via email, adding he believes the city center should open at noon on Tuesday. -fair.

“The city said in a statement that the closure “would allow officials to assess safety risks and begin cleanup efforts. We know business owners will be eager to check out their stores, but we ask for your patience.”

Brady Dennis
Originally reported in English
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