A year after Irene, the town of Moretown is finally putting all the pieces back together, after nearly $2 million in damages, three destroyed homes and more than 25 damaged homes.
“It was a daunting task from the beginning, we didn’t know what was going to happen, but recovery has been going well for Moretown,” says Tom Martin, chairman of the Select Board.
Though work on most of the 20 damaged roads is finished, a bridge that spans the Mad River still needs to be replaced. Martin said the project has been challenging to get going, but construction should start in the next couple of weeks.
Martin says the majority of the folks whose homes were affected, especially those on Route 2 where the damage was particularly bad, are just getting into their homes now, getting things like their cupboard doors back on and returning to normalcy. There are still two families displaced and waiting for repair work to finish.
“The resilience of the people amazes me,” says Martin. “Everyone has a positive attitude in spite of what happened. The worst brings out the best in people. It really does.”
The governor is visiting Moretown on Tuesday, and the town will be recognizing its Fire Chief Sean O’Brien, who, Martin says, called for the evacuation and is credited with saving lives.MORE IN Irene Towns Anniversary
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