5.28.2011

Postdiluvian Waterbury

Record rainfall hit central Vermont on the night of May 26, as heavy thunderstorms stalled over the Winooski River valley -- some areas received over 5 inches of rain in a matter of a few hours.


Waterbury was relatively fortunate in that the town mostly stayed dry.  The athletic fields were innundated, however.


The river overflowed its banks and flooded the surrounding fields.  It has been an unusually wet spring and 2011 is shaping up to be a bad year for Vermont agriculture.


Though the sun was out in the afternoon, by Friday evening storms rolled in again, accompanied by wind, small hail, and more unwanted downpours. 


The river was an ugly swirl of unclean debris-laden water mixed with sewage and petroleum products from the flash flooding upstream.

More dramatic images here (VTDigger).

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