Vermont State Emergency Operations Center activated for flood response

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Vermont State Emergency Operations Center activated for flood response

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Heavy rain and snowmelt has caused sharp rises in rivers throughout the state. A number of state and local roads have been flooded and motorists are encouraged to respect all detours and stay off flooded roads. The Vermont Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury is activated to assist municipalities in flood response. Representatives from Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont Fire Safety, Vermont Search and Rescue, Agency of Transportation, Vermont State Police, National Guard, Agency of Human Services, and the Red Cross are working with towns.

“The health and safety of Vermonters is our number one priority today,” Governor Phil Scott said. “State personnel and our partners are working with local responders to that end, and the public can take simple steps to keep themselves safe – we are encouraging everyone to use caution and common sense around floodwaters.”

Moretown – flooding involves the Mad River. CLICK image for video.

Middlesex – flooding involves the Winooski River. CLICK image for video.

Videos courtesy Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

Safety messages:

  • Never drive or walk over a flooded road – unseen washouts or currents can sweep you and your car away. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  • Be mindful of river levels – if water approaches your location, evacuate over high ground.
  • Monitor media and social media.

For updates on road closures, follow the Vermont Agency of Transportation on Twitter at @AOTVermont and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTransontheroad/

Flood and other information can be found on the Vermont Emergency Management website (www.vem.vermont.gov), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement) and Twitter Feed at @vemvt.

Check the National Weather Service website for forecast updates:

www.weather.gov/aly - Bennington and Windham County forecast office.

www.weather.gov/btv - Rest of Vermont (includes information for southern two counties)

Also follow the National Weather Service on Social Media:

NWS Albany – https://www.facebook.com/NWSAlbany/ or https://twitter.com/NWSAlbany

NWS Burlington – https://www.facebook.com/NWSBurlington or https://twitter.com/NWSBurlington

Source: Vermont Emergency Management 4.15.2019 www.vtalert.gov