Daily News Highlights – Friday September 2

Today we’ll update this post regularly with news highlights – we’ll keep publishing blog entries, but for a quick overview you should be able to just check this entry (under the category Status Updates).  Final update: 10:55pm.

Repair Updates:

  • While the AOT has opened Route 9 for limited traffic “at your own risk”, it is intended for local and essential vehicles only – please let the construction folks work to make permanent repairs.
  • There is a new map website from VTrans which will be great in the near future, but we have removed links to it because the WRC map is the most accurate and up-to-date for the county at the moment.
  • Route 100 still has numerous closures and bridges out from Wilmington-Dover and Wardsboro-Jamaica.
  • Route 30 has several bridges out in Jamaica and Winhall.
  • Jamaica and Dover are requesting that people try to stay out of their towns for the weekend to allow reconstruction to proceed as fast as possible.
  • CVPS is tracking 92 outages (numbers fluctuating for short interruptions to clean up, but overall down today) and GMP has 49 in Windham County

Disaster Assistance:

  • While Vermont has received a disaster declaration, FEMA has not yet completed their assessment in Windham County so that the President can issue a funding declaration.  Residents cannot register with FEMA until the funding declaration.
  • People should still contact their insurance, town clerks, and 2-1-1 to report damage and can start preparing documentation.
  • The Vermont Farm Fund has established an emergency loan program for family farms affected.
  • There have been two very generous gifts to the Long Term Disaster Recovery Fund managed by the United Way of Windham County – $30,000 from IGG Software of Putney and $50,000 plus an offer to match $50,000 from Entergy Vermont Yankee.

Weather:

  • Clear today with a high around 71, 20% chance of thunderstorms tonight with a low around 55.
  • Tomorrow: partly sunny with a high around 79, 30% chance of thunderstorms
  • Be alert to heavy rains – flash flooding is much more likely until the roads and drainage systems are repaired and 1-4″ are possible Sunday into Monday

Other News:

  • WCAX Story – 2 VTrans workers rescued from rising water in Clarendon
  • The Green Mountain National Forest will be closed this weekend
  • National News: tropical storm Lee has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to move over New Orleans Sunday (no impact expected here)

As always, if you have an update, send it in!

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