Daily News Highlights – Saturday September 3

We’ll update this post with news highlights all day – for a quick overview you should be able to just check this entry (under the category Status Updates).  Final, final update: 9:25pm.

Disaster Assistance:

  • The President has signed the declaration of FEMA funding for Windham County today.  Residents should now be able to register with FEMA at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
  • People should still contact their insurance, town clerks, and 2-1-1 to report damage and compile documentation.
  • VTResponse.wordpress.com is a good site to use to ask for help or find volunteer opportunities across the state

Repair Updates:

  • In general, stay off damaged roads unless you really need to use them – crews can’t work on them while you’re on them
  • Accurate map data remains an issue; the VTrans Site is best for state routes, the WRC site is best for roads in Windham County
  • Route 9 from Brattleboro to Wilmington is open for limited traffic “at your own risk”; it is intended for local and essential vehicles only – if you’re wondering whether you’re essential, the answer is probably no
  • Route 103 in its entirety is now open to two-way traffic
  • There is a bridge out on Route 9 near Bennington; the best way to get there from the east is to go through Massachusetts (at 7:45am Saturday, AOT says Kelly Stand road in Sunderland is NOT passable, despite green route on AOT map)
  • Route 100 still has numerous closures and bridges out from Wilmington-Dover and Wardsboro-Jamaica.
  • Route 30 is navigable (with detours) from Brattleboro through Townshend but 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 28 outages (down from 59 this morning) and GMP has 1! (down from 49) in Windham County (note utilities may interrupt service briefly as they continue to clean up lines)

Business Reopenings:

  • MOST businesses and organizations across Vermont and Windham County are open normally – check this page for places where there is any question – this section lists businesses that are just reopening
  • Allen Bros Garden Center (Westminster) is now open
  • Brattleboro Farmers’ Market is open
  • Wahoo’s (Wilmington) is now open

Weather:

  • Overcast today with highs near 80, 30% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, low tonight with a low around 60.
  • Partly sunny tomorrow with a high around 80, showers and thunderstorms likely later in the day that may produce heavy rain
  • There is a flash flood watch from Sunday at 2pm through Tuesday at 8am in the Brattleboro area – up to 4″ of rain is expected; if waters start to rise, evacuate to higher ground immediately.

Other News:

  • Senator Bernie Sanders visited Brattleboro today; FEMA will be setting up an office in town
  • The Green Mountain National Forest is closed this weekend.
  • National News: tropical storm Lee has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is soaking the area around New Orleans (no impact expected here)
  • This site is now available at windhamstatus.org as well as windhamstatus.wordpress.com (two ways to get to the same site)

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

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