Fri, Sep 2, 2011 04:31 PM
Here are some photos I took today to supplement more complete
reports from todays live on the ground expedition into Killington.
I will have detailed explanations to go with all of them, but at
the moment I'm out of energy from a long day in the effected
But, you will get the whole story.... a story that is just
beginning... hundreds of sotires.... that will not end for a
very long time.
There is tragedy, but there is also powerful human spirit and
energy which rarely comes to the surface with such power as it does
during a shared disaster. This is particularly true in a small
town... athough this is not a "small" town... it's home of the
East's largest mountain resort, but it functions on a relatively
smalll permanent population.
But that's enough of my chatter..... I share some images.
Giant dump trucks taking rubble that had washed downstream back
to where iit originated. This In Mendo
Work crews in the riverbed attempting to rebuild Route 4 on the
way in to Killington. By the end of the day this effort had
expanded at least two fold and is an impressive display of
Seth Webb and Steve Finer conferrring at the Killington Region
Command Center. There are dozens of volunteers working round the
clock from the upstairs offices in the Killington Fire Department.
We'll have a full sotry on this shortly
The Killington Upper Base Lodge and the K1 Gondola Station are
fully intact. There is no noticeable damage to the upper mountain
terrain. Previous images reporting the loss of the lodge were not
exactly accurate. A 20 year old converted deck "addition" that was
built over the river to the left ot the base lodge did suffer
damage. But it's "no great loss" and the resort already has a plan
to replace it by winter with "something more fun."
A quick stop to visit with Chris Karr at The Pickle Barrel foud
him communicating with another restaurant owner to discuss the self
organized convoys that the food purveyors put together to get
supplies into their establishments. More on this laterH
The Kokopelli Inn was in the immediate path of water and debris
just past the washout at Route 4 and River Road in Killington
Truman Bants (l) with Goodro Lumber owner Bill Shaw (r). Truman
lives nearby and witnessed the entire tradegy on Sherburne Flats -
in a precarious spot. Bill lost an major part of his lumber
inventory that's "somewhere" downstream from his store. More on
this to follow.
Rick Champine and son Richard, Jr. removing personal property
from their apartment upstairs at Blackie's Deli and Store in West
Bridgewater. They have a heart wrenching story that I will fill in
tomorrow. In the mean time the following photos show where they
weathered out the tragedy... surrounded by devastating flood
waters..... and they are very lucky to be alive.
A Killington "super-hero" Craig Mosher who, with his
construction company, single handedly removed the worst Route 4
damage at Route 4 and River Road. There is a wonderful story
here.... full of appreciation from everyboy who knows him. When
Craig is "free" in a week or so you'll get to learn about this
amazing "get it done" person.
And my last possible stop of the day at the Killington
Elementary School where teachers had walked into Killington from
Rutland and other destinations to do their job, and to volunteer at
the "Comfort Center" which is distributing food, water and supplies
to needy residents. Lauren Pepe (l) Shcool Principal and Allison
Naugle (forgive me if I got your last name wrong Allison - my notes
are barely readable!) .... two brave women among a dozen or more of
the school staff. Again.... a full report to follow on this
wonderful community asset and the other important stories.
With the help of the Vermont State Police I was able to return
home to Rutland and now be home to send you this information. Thank
you to everyone for helping us report the news.