The impact of Hurricane Irene is being felt statewide this morning as clean-up and damage assessment efforts begin after one of the worst wide-spread natural disasters to hit Vermont.
Dozens of towns have been severely affected by flooding and thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged. Evacuations have taken place in Rutland, Montpelier, East Middlebury, Waterbury, Northfield and numerous other communities. WCAX-TV reports this morning the Marshfield Dam is in jeopardy of overflowing, which may prompt Green Mountain Power officials to release water that will likely result in additional flooding along the Winooski River upstream.
Over 200 roads are closed statewide this morning, not including local roads in municipalities. Here is the listing as of 5 p.m. last night http://vem.vermont.gov/press/1500_irene, it will be updated this morning. There are still over 50,000 homes and businesses without power. All non-essential State offices are closed today. Vermont Emergency Management discourages travel in Vermont because of flooded roads, debris, washouts, and downed power lines.
Please be aware that the flooding threat from Irene has not subsided. Do not drive through standing water and seek higher ground in the event of rising flood waters. Flash flooding can occur quickly.
Check back here and Vermont Emergency Management for updates today, and please be safe.