The Tumult of the Tempest

Although Irene weakened to tropical storm levels before hitting Vermont, she caused great devastation. I’ve been disheartened by reports of historic or beautiful and significant buildings and bridges being washed out by the floods. Many are still without power and are unable to travel because the roads are washed out. Some have lost their homes or businesses, and they face great challenges in the days ahead. Farmers have lost crops, and I’m sure the entire state will take a hit during the upcoming leaf-peeping season, if tourists aren’t able to travel to the towns and if businesses aren’t open. I’m especially saddened by the news of the lives lost to the raging rivers and I pray for the families.

I’ve collected some of the news footage and most dramatic before and after shots that I could find, to give you an idea of the trouble our beautiful little state is in.

Photo Galleries:

The Burlington Free Press has a couple of photo galleries with excellent professional and reader-submitted shots of the damage from a variety of locations around the state.

News Articles:

Here are links to several Burlington Free Press articles that I found helpful:

  1. From Waterbury to Wilmington, Vermonters’ shocked by Irene’s destruction
  2. Vermont devastation widespread, 3 confirmed dead, 1 man missing
  3. Vermont’s covered bridges take a hit from Irene
  4. Waterbury hit hard
  5. Chittenden County spared the bulk of Irene’s wrath, but Richmond takes a hit

This! blog collects articles, pictures and videos from around the state.

This webpage details ways you can give to help those affected by the storm.

TV Coverage:

  1. Governor Peter Shumlin was interviewed on CNN on Monday. Here he gives an overview of the damage throughout the state and here he offers an initial assessment of the storm. I appreciate that he refused to place blame on anyone, when it seemed like the reporter was trying to get him to say something negative.
  2. Gary Tuchman of Anderson Cooper 360 reported from Williston, Vermont and there’s good footage of Quechee and other locations in Southern Vermont.
  3. WCAX coverage of Hartford and surrounding towns: Quechee ravaged by floodwaters


Several covered bridges were lost or damaged in the flooding. CNN posted an edited version of the video of the Bartonsville Bridge as it was swept away by the raging river.

Bartonsville Bridge before:

Bartonsville Bridge after:

Quechee Bridge before:

Quechee Bridge during storm:

Quechee Bridge after:

Simon Pearce Restaurant (this picture was posted on facebook):


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