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In updated emergency order, Phil Scott waives regulations to expedite Vermont’s flood recovery

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The changes relate to gravel and rock extraction, debris removal, work in waterways and other realms.

Read the story on VTDigger here: In updated emergency order, Phil Scott waives regulations to expedite Vermont’s flood recovery.

After ‘deeply retraumatizing’ floods in Vermont, state officials call for mental health awareness

A group of people stands near a flooded street, observing the water covering the roadway. Several vehicles and houses are in the background, with overcast skies and greenery surrounding the area.

Vermonters can incorporate simple daily tasks into their routine to protect their own mental health — and others’ — as flood recovery efforts continue.

Read the story on VTDigger here: After ‘deeply retraumatizing’ floods in Vermont, state officials call for mental health awareness.

With crops under water, farmers weigh a future of floods in Vermont

Aerial view of a rural area showing significant flooding, with waterlogged fields, damaged fences, and overflowing streams near a dense forest.

Farmers have an “eternal optimism that next year will be better,” one expert said. Seemingly annual flooding “makes it really hard to look to the future and feel like it will be different.”

Read the story on VTDigger here: With crops under water, farmers weigh a future of floods in Vermont.

Flooded out Barre City resident tells U.S. Sen. Peter Welch: ‘We are getting scared to live here’ 

A group of people stands in a muddy street between two houses, with several cars parked nearby. Multicolored flags are strung across the street, and clouds cover the sky.

“I can’t believe we’re here again,” the senator told city officials as he stood on a muddy sidewalk along Second Street, which was devastated by flooding last year and flooded again this week.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Flooded out Barre City resident tells U.S. Sen. Peter Welch: ‘We are getting scared to live here’ .

As infrastructure damage comes into focus, Vermont releases nearly $30 million in highway aid

A road is severely washed out with a large gap where it once was, exposing dirt and rocks. A guardrail is hanging on one side. A grassy landscape and a red building are visible in the background.

This week’s storm appears to have hit rural, unpaved roads the hardest, leaving many homes cut off from main roads and services.

Read the story on VTDigger here: As infrastructure damage comes into focus, Vermont releases nearly $30 million in highway aid.

‘I’m still in shock’: Plainfield residents start to dig out

A woman stands outside near a white house, with a car parked beside it. The car's trunk is open, revealing various tools and boxes inside. The area appears muddy and wet, suggesting recent flooding.

Forty families have been seriously impacted and more than 400 lack basic services, according to the town’s emergency management director.

Read the story on VTDigger here: ‘I’m still in shock’: Plainfield residents start to dig out.

As floods recede, water quality remains a concern

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Experts are urging Vermonters to be cautious as they hydrate and stay cool in the aftermath of this week’s flooding.

Read the story on VTDigger here: As floods recede, water quality remains a concern.

Floods hit Hardwick hard, again damaging key infrastructure

The town’s wastewater treatment plant took on about 5 feet of water and was among the most damaged facilities of its kind in the state this week, officials said.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Floods hit Hardwick hard, again damaging key infrastructure.

Lyndon, a flood epicenter, takes stock of historic damage

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“My team has been up almost 72 hours,” Fire Chief Jeff Corrow said.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Lyndon, a flood epicenter, takes stock of historic damage.

Law enforcement uses roadblock to find jurors for Sheriff John Grismore’s trial

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At a judge’s request, the Grand Isle Sheriff’s Department pulled cars over in front of the North Hero courthouse Thursday. If people were eligible for jury duty, they were sent inside for selection to an upcoming assault trial.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Law enforcement uses roadblock to find jurors for Sheriff John Grismore’s trial.

Dry weekend expected in Vermont as rivers continue to recede

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Waterways remain unsafe, officials said. Vermonters should avoid swimming or boating even as high temperatures arrive.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Dry weekend expected in Vermont as rivers continue to recede.

State moves from rescue to cleanup following Vermont’s catastrophic flooding

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“From road and bridge washouts to homes destroyed, the damage is significant,” Gov. Phil Scott said Friday morning.

Read the story on VTDigger here: State moves from rescue to cleanup following Vermont’s catastrophic flooding.

Under water: Read VTDigger’s full coverage of Vermont’s latest flooding disaster

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Reporters fanned out across the state Thursday to capture stories of damage and recovery.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Under water: Read VTDigger’s full coverage of Vermont’s latest flooding disaster.

‘A cruel twist of fate’: Barre City is back in flood recovery mode 

A person adjusts a sign on the glass door of a shop named "Flowers, Vermont Gifts & More." Sandbags are positioned outside the entrance, and an open side door displays a "Please Use Other Entrance" sign.

“I think it’s demoralizing,” the city manager said. “People aren’t fully recovered, and yet they are hit again before they are able to fully get back on their feet.”

Read the story on VTDigger here: ‘A cruel twist of fate’: Barre City is back in flood recovery mode .

Body of 73-year-old man recovered in Lyndonville, marking 2nd known death in Vermont storm

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John Rice, of Concord, was swept away by an overflowing Passumpsic River as he drove across a flooded street, according to local police.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Body of 73-year-old man recovered in Lyndonville, marking 2nd known death in Vermont storm.

Huntington family spends a harrowing night stranded at home

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“My granddaughter, she was crying. We just kept an eye on it and tried to keep her safe,” said David Denton.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Huntington family spends a harrowing night stranded at home.

PHOTOS: Vermont responds to effects of overnight flooding

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Our reporters and photographers were around the state — from Barre and Plainfield to Barnet and Hardwick — to capture the scenes.

Read the story on VTDigger here: PHOTOS: Vermont responds to effects of overnight flooding.

In Johnson, cautious optimism Thursday afternoon as Lamoille appears to crest

Four people with bicycles are standing on a country road near a flooded area. The background includes trees and a partially submerged house.

The river topped out at just under 18 feet as the floodwaters passed through town, roughly three feet lower than the highest point during the flooding last year.

Read the story on VTDigger here: In Johnson, cautious optimism Thursday afternoon as Lamoille appears to crest.

Peacham man drowns after getting caught in floodwaters while driving UTV, police say

A simple map showing the areas around Peacham, with roads such as Maple Tree Lane, South Main Street, and Hollow Wood Road. The South Peacham Brook is labeled.

Dylan Kempton, 33, was found dead early Thursday morning near South Peacham Brook. Surging water had rushed over the road and swept his vehicle away.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Peacham man drowns after getting caught in floodwaters while driving UTV, police say.

Resources for Vermonters affected by flooding

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Who you can call and what you should do, and not do.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Resources for Vermonters affected by flooding.

Winooski River jumped its banks in Richmond

A flooded street blocks access to a red truss bridge and a house. A partially submerged road sign and an American flag on a utility pole are visible in the foreground.

Commuter cars and a town park were struck by floodwaters.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Winooski River jumped its banks in Richmond.

Where in Vermont did the most rain fall during Wednesday’s storm?

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Half a dozen towns saw 6 inches of rain — and one town 7 inches.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Where in Vermont did the most rain fall during Wednesday’s storm?.

Rains wreak havoc on Hinesburg roads

A road is severely eroded, with large sections missing due to a landslide. A stream runs through the gully formed by the landslide, surrounded by dense greenery.

The water washed away a culvert, isolating the town garage, but road crews were still able to begin work starting at around 9 a.m.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Rains wreak havoc on Hinesburg roads.

Storm cut off road access and power to Williamstown village, now largely restored

Map showing the town of Williamstown with key roads including Seaver Road, Circle Street, and Railroad Street. The Stevens Branch waterway is indicated with an arrow.

As a whole, the Orange County town appeared to escape the worst effects of the flooding.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Storm cut off road access and power to Williamstown village, now largely restored.

High waters imperil homes, infrastructure in Starksboro and Huntington

A house is partially submerged in floodwater, surrounded by debris and fallen branches, next to a rapidly flowing creek in a forested area.

The Huntington town administrator estimates that the town has sustained more than $1 million in damage to town infrastructure — about half of the town’s annual budget.

Read the story on VTDigger here: High waters imperil homes, infrastructure in Starksboro and Huntington.

‘Beyond my wildest dreams’: In hard-hit Lyndon, residents grapple with flood aftermath

A person paddles a kayak down a flooded street lined with partially submerged buildings under a cloudy sky.

It was the third time in 20 years that the Gervais’ auto shop had flooded, but this was by far the worst.

Read the story on VTDigger here: ‘Beyond my wildest dreams’: In hard-hit Lyndon, residents grapple with flood aftermath.

Flooding ravages Plainfield

A person stands watching a house partially collapsed into a flooded and damaged road, with debris and other affected buildings visible in the background.

Michael Billingsley, the emergency management director for Plainfield, said Thursday morning that the whole center of town had essentially been “washed out.”

Read the story on VTDigger here: Flooding ravages Plainfield.

Flood recovery begins again in Waterbury

A street is flooded with water, and a tow truck is assisting a white truck. A person stands in front of a building labeled "Wine," and a kayak is on the sidewalk.

“I guess this is an annual thing now,” said one village resident as he and his neighbors pulled out their shop vacs and water pumps to suck water from basements, and a few first floors, for the third time in a year.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Flood recovery begins again in Waterbury.

In a familiar scene, Scott administration officials address Vermont’s latest round of flooding

A brick building with three garage doors is partially submerged in floodwater, with trees and a flagpole in the background.

Before it could fully rebuild from last summer’s devastation, the state is back in flood-response mode.

Read the story on VTDigger here: In a familiar scene, Scott administration officials address Vermont’s latest round of flooding.

Hundreds of Moretown residents stranded in their homes

A muddy path with tire tracks and footprints runs through a park with trees. A small puddle is visible by the path. In the background, there's a red building and a parked red car.

“There’s no danger, but they can’t go anywhere,” said the selectboard chair.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Hundreds of Moretown residents stranded in their homes.

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