Daily News Highlights – Tuesday September 6

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 update: 11:00pm.

Repair Updates:

  • Most area roads have survived the rains with only some degradation, but there were washouts in Wardsboro
  • VTrans Site is best for state routes (now with an easy-to-understand chart)
  • WRC site is best for roads in Windham County
  • Route 9 from Brattleboro to Wilmington is closed except for local and essential traffic; bridge preventing passage to Bennington may be open by Friday, September 9
  • Route 103 in its entirety is open to two-way traffic (but work continues)
  • Route 100 is open but at reduced levels (local and essential traffic only) and has several single-lane areas from the MA border through Wardsboro; closed south of Jamaica
  • Route 30 is navigable (with detours) from Brattleboro through Townshend but has several bridges out in Jamaica and Winhall
  • Wilmington requires passes for downtown access
  • Please avoid construction areas unless absolutely necessary – crews can’t work on roads while people are driving on them
  • Power: CVPS is tracking 3 outages and GMP has 0 in Windham County (both numbers have hit 0 since Irene but fluctuate with the storms and efforts to make permanent repairs)

Disaster Assistance:

  • Residents and businesses should now register with FEMA at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
  • Handouts on FEMA assistance process:
  • BB Handout FEMA Process (79KB PDF)
  • FEMA FS Individual Assistance (251KB PDF)
  • FEMA has a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Withington Skating Facility in Brattleboro (in Living Memorial park) – the initial role is simply to help with registration, so unless people have questions they do not need to visit the DRC once they are registered and have their number
  • FEMA is establishing another DRC in Dover, location and hours to be announced
  • If they have not done so already, people should compile documentation and contact their insurance, town clerks, and 2-1-1 to report damage
  • VTResponse.wordpress.com is a good site to use to ask for help or find volunteer opportunities across the state

Other News:

  • School begins today for most of WCSU
  • Vermont is getting support from the other state National Guard units include Maine and Virginia
  • The remnants of tropical storm Lee will generate rain for the area on Wednesday; Hurricane Katia is expected to stay out to sea and should not affect Vermont
  • MOST businesses and organizations across Vermont and Windham County are open normally – check this page for places across the county or this page for the Deerfield Valley

Weather:

  • Cloudy, rain in the morning with showers in the afternoon, high in the mid 60s; showers continue tonight with a low in the low 50s
  • Showers continuing throughout the day, high in the low 60s

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

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