Killington’s K-1 Lodge in ruins after last week’s tropical storm.
The Killington Base Lodge and Superstar Pub is in ruins after tropical storm Irene’s violent rain created a mini canyon in the ground below the facility.
Half of the lodge, including the pub, collapsed into a yawning gorge below it when a normally quiet alpine brook was transformed into a raging torrent Aug. 28.
Nearby, the historic 19th century Killington Farmstead and church at River Road was pushed of their foundations by the high velocity of floodwater. The structures were washed downhill. River Road itself has vanished.
Bill Bauer, Killington lodge manager, told reporters that “it’s devastation like we’ve never seen... I was speechless.”
The main access to Killington, U.S. Route 4, was washed away below the resort area. State highway crews are busy constructing and temporary emergency bypass to permit certain vehicles up Killington Mountain.
The Rutland-Killington area has seen nothing like the destruction from Irene in the last 100 years.
Will Killington ever return to normal?
“We’re hopeful,” Bauer said.