Vermont flood relief operations continued Aug. 30 and will continue into the night. Road crews report progress on state and local roads, supplies have been delivered to some towns in need, and more recovery efforts were coordinated for the coming days.
Air and ground operations are being carried out to deliver supplies to communities that have been cut off by flooding or have limited access and need supplies. The supplies include water, food, medicine, diapers, formula, and other necessities. The National Guard operated with two helicopters Aug. 30. The Guard also trucked in supplies to communities that and will add between four and eight additional aircraft tonight.
Engineers from the National Guard in Maine will be deployed to Vermont in the next couple of days to help with road repairs, and helicopters from the Illinois National Guard are coming to help with commodities.
The Vermont State Police continue to perform road inspections, security, and welfare checks in isolated areas.
“The Vermont State Police continues to play a significant role in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene,” Colonel Thomas L’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police said. “Since Sunday, we increased our force to 130 troopers maintaining 24 hour coverage. The devastation caused by this storm is historic, but I assure all Vermonters, the mission of the Vermont State Police to protect and serve the citizens and visitors of our state will not be compromised.”
More than 12 towns had been inaccessible by roads at the beginning of Tuesday. Route 100 into Stratton and Rochester were opened today, however those roads are extremely rough and largely for local traffic and emergency vehicles only. The Agency of Transportation’s goal is to have the remainder of those towns accessible by tonight and work is continuing around the clock to connect all towns.
The situation is active and any or all information could change at any time.
Vermont Emergency Management will operate its Emergency Operations Center at the FEMA offices in Burlington at least until the end of the week. Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708.