September 2nd, 2011
ROCHESTER — Residents of Rochester, one of 13 communities isolated for five days by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, were well under way with clean-up efforts late Thursday afternoon as Route 125 over Middlebury Gap to Route 100 was opened for emergency vehicles and vital traffic late Wednesday.
The crest of the Otter Creek River is coming slowly but surely through Addison County, having hit Leicester late yesterday and now approaching downtown Middlebury. The U.S. Geological Survey projects the crest to reach Middlebury between midnight and 2 a.m. tonight.
BRISTOL — Town officials on Thursday morning lifted the boil-water order that has been in effect for the Bristol municipal water system since Sunday.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Officials responsible for maintaining the Vermont transportation and utility infrastructure faced a daunting task this week after flooding rivaling the historic deluge of 1927 overwhelmed dozens of local roads and bridges, closed portions of every state highway in Addison County for a time and knocked out electricity to more than 2,500 area power customers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Francis F. Valiquette, 38, of Middlebury with simple assault and Nikolas G. Martino, 23, of Middlebury for disorderly conduct, following an incident in the John Graham Court neighborhood on Aug. 23.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
ADDISON COUNTY — Barring the lingering aftereffects of Tropical Storm Irene disrupting plans, the high school sports season will get under way this weekend.
But postponements remained possible as this edition of the Independent went to press: Dozens of roads around Vermont were still impassable as of Tuesday, and several communities were still isolated after Sunday’s flooding.
As I nestled into my favorite chair on Sunday morning, watching a light drizzle coat Middlebury’s blacktop streets, I tried to envision the potentially daunting events that Irene and her windy temperament might serve up that day.
Although I never imagined what damage this storm would reap, I couldn’t help but gawk at the tornado of consumer culture launched by dramatic weather reports and mainstream media frenzy.
VERMONT — Even before the rain ended late Sunday night, Gov. Peter Shumlin declared the flooding likely the worst since November of 1927, when torrential rains caused flooding, destruction and deaths across the state.