“Unprecedented Situation”

Vermont is facing an “unprecedented situation at this time,” Deputy Secretary of Transportation Sue Minter told host Jane Lindhom on Vermont Public Radio’s noontime program “Vermont Edition.”

VTrans is in emergency mode, Minter said. The agency is working to find what roads should be closed, determining detours and accessing damage. The top priority at this time is to establish links to communities that have been completely cut off from flooding and damage, she said.

Thousands of Vermonters remain without power and the number of flooded or blocked roads is in the excess of 200. Visit VT 511 online for updated information on state roads http://511.vermont.gov/main.jsf. Vermont Emergency Management updates local roads closures on its website, but the agency cannot access its state web server at this time due to water damage, VEM Deputy Director Peter Coffey told “Vermont Edition.” VEM was forced to evacuate it’s Waterbury Center Command Center and relocate at a FEMA field office in Burlington. This is a local road closing listing as of last night http://vem.vermont.gov/press/1500_irene.

VEM is urging Vermonters to stay off the roads today.

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