AP Photo/The Burlington Free Press, Glenn Russell
A tow truck driver prepares to hook up a car that was washed off the road near Route 15 in Underhill on Thursday night. Flash flooding from record-tying rainfalls in parts of northern Vermont closed roads and damaged bridges and culverts that were overwhelmed by the huge volumes of water that fell after a string of thunderstorms crossed the region.
JERICHO — Flash flooding from record-tying rainfalls in parts of northern Vermont closed roads and damaged bridges and culverts that were overwhelmed by the huge volumes of water that fell after a string of thunderstorms crossed the region.
At least one homeowner whose garage was swept into a culvert on Route 15 in Jericho said he felt his home, which he had just finished fixing after it was damaged by spring floods two years ago, was damaged beyond repair.
Andrew Fletcher, 35, who lives in the house with his pregnant wife, said the water hit about dark on Thursday.
“The river was coming down pretty good. It breached the road and I heard the god-awful sound of the rubble being flushed down the river,” Fletcher said Friday morning while he took a break from retrieving some of the family items that were washed out of the garage and downstream.
“Last weekend I was at the point where I was starting to feel like ‘wow, we’ve achieved the repairs.’ We are in a position to start focusing on our life in this house and then a weekend later it’s all gone,” Fletcher said.
Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles, who arrived at the Route 15 location mid-morning Friday while waiting for a visit by Gov. Peter Shumlin, said the intersection of Cilley Hilly Road and Route 15 has been prone to flooding damage for years.
He didn’t know if the responsibility for the repairs would fall on the town or the state, or if the damage was severe enough to warrant a request for federal disaster assistance.
A series of heavy thunderstorms that hit eastern Chittenden County Thursday evening.
A flood warning was in effect in parts of Chittenden, Franklin, Caledonia and Lamoille counties. Eleven schools were closed in Chittenden County.
The Passumpsic River in northeastern Vermont also was a trouble spot.
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