Thu, Jun 27, 2013 03:48 PM
Vermont Officials Prepare for Extended Period of Rain
Saturated soils and swelled rivers throughout the state could lead
WATERBURY, VT - The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and
Homeland Security (DEMHS) has been working with municipalities,
emergency responders, the National Guard, and other state and
federal partners today to prepare for any problems that could stem
from the extended period of rain the state has seen.
Vermont's extended period of rain is expected to last into at least
next Tuesday (July 2nd) and saturated soils and rivers may be
unable to absorb more precipitation. No flooding is imminent,
but the National Weather Service says flooding could occur in as
yet undetermined areas of the state due to heavy rain.
As always, Vermonters should remain vigilant and use common sense
to protect themselves, their families, and their property.
Drive at safe speeds during downpours, stay clear of high or
fast-running water, and never drive or walk across a flooded
road. This is also a good occasion to ensure you have an
emergency preparedness kit with items like water, food,
flashlights, radio, and batteries.
The level of Lake Champlain is also nearing flood stage, and will
continue to raise after the rainy weather exits the area.
Homeowners and businesses should keep an eye on the lake and take
necessary steps to protect property.
DEMHS has facilitated weather briefings from the National Weather
Service with officials from cities and towns and their emergency
State agencies have been notified that unfavorable conditions could
necessitate a state response and Emergency Operations Center
Weather updates are posted on the DEMHS Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement) and Twitter