Rains and flooding affect Addison County

ADDISON COUNTY — After several days of rain, including a long afternoon of occasional downpours on Saturday, residents in Addison County are keeping an eye on high water on Sunday morning.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation was still reporting at least one road in the county partially closed: Route 125 between the Ripton store and East Middlebury. As of 8:22 p.m. on Saturday night the road was reduced to one lane due to flooding.
VTrans had also reported that water was across Route 100 in Hancock, but receding.
Earlier reports said that Route 73 was flooded in the Brandon area east toward Goshen.
Witnesses reported water over the road on Route 125 in Cornwall as the Lemon Fair River left its banks; and water was also reportedly on the pavement of Route 7 in East Middlebury thanks to the Middlebury River.
VTRoads on Twitter reported on Friday that Route 116 South in Bristol between Carlstrom and Cove Roads had water flowing across the road. State police were notified.
Vermont Emergency Management on Saturday at 9 p.m. reported that floodwaters were receding in some areas of Vermont, but flooding could continue as major waterways had not all crested.
In Addison County, the Otter Creek was expected to crest overnight Saturday into Sunday afternoon, depending on location.
Mark Bosma, public information officer for Vermont Emergency Management, warned that more roads could be closed or reduced to one lane due to flooding on Sunday.
“Keep a close eye on waterways and evacuate if water threatens your location. Should you be driven from your home and need shelter contact Vermont 2-1-1,” Bosma said in a press release.
“Motorists should respect all closures and detours and never drive over a flooded road, currents and unseen washouts can sweep away a vehicle.
The Vermont Emergency Operations Center was opened at 1 p.m. Saturday and will remain open as long as conditions mandate. Flash Flood and Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings were issued on Saturday. Monitor such warning at www.weather.gov/btv.
Anyone can receive weather Watches or Warnings directly to their cell phone or email through Vermont Alert. VTAlert is a free service and users select what notifications they want and how they receive them. Register at www.vtalert.gov.
Hazards will remain even after rivers crest as natural swimming holes in rivers and other waterways will have high levels and dangerous currents. Before entering waterways closely monitor conditions and err on the side of caution if there is any doubt about its safety. Help avoid tragedy. Visit http://demhs.vermont.gov/news/swimming-hole-safety for more information.
Other information is available online at the Vermont Emergency Management facebook page: www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement or on Twitter: @vemvt.

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