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Flood watch in effect for most of Vermont through Sunday night

 A high river is pictured with some trees, and a building in the background.
Jane Lindholm
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Vermont Public
Public safety officials were monitoring Otter Creek in Middlebury on Saturday, July 15th after it surpassed flood stage.

A flood watch is in effect for most of Vermont, except for the Champlain Valley and Champlain Islands.

The flood watch will remain active through late Sunday night, according to the Weather Service. The agency expects 1 to 2 inches of rain today, with potential for more in some areas due to thunderstorms rolling in later in the day.

“With that, there’s concern obviously with seeing some localized flash flooding. As we’ve seen with intense rainfall over the last two weeks, the ground is saturated. Rivers are still running high, so you need less precipitation for responses,” says Marlon Verasamy, a meteorologist with the Weather Service’s Burlington office.

Low-lying areas near waterways are particularly at risk.

Public safety officials are urging Vermonters to avoid driving on flooded roads. A foot of water can sweep away a car, according to the Weather Service.

Recent heavy rainfall has also increased the chances of landslides, according to the state Agency of Natural Resources. The agency says landslides don't depend on river levels, but could be triggered by 3 to 5 inches of rain. That likelihood increases where the ground is already saturated.

A landslide Friday night hit several homes in Ripton. According to the Weather Service, one home was destroyed and several others were impacted around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Tim Hanson, a member of the Ripton Selectboard and the town's road commissioner, said “maybe between five and 10” houses were evacuated in the middle of the night.

Vermonters experiencing a life-threatening landslide should dial 911. For non-emergencies, they can report a landslide online to the Vermont Geological Survey

Vermont Emergency Management also recommends signing up for VT-Alert to be notified of general public safety emergencies.

Disaster relief in Montpelier-Barre area

The City of Montpelier is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to offer resources to people impacted by flooding.

Officials are operating a Multi Agency Resource Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BOR/Auditorium, located at 16 Auditorium Hill in Barre.

That's where local and state agencies and human service organizations are answering questions and providing information and disaster-related assistance, according to a news release.

This week, FEMA officials will be going door to door registering residents for disaster assistance. They'll be be wearing blue vests or shirts with FEMA lettering and they'll have FEMA IDs on lanyards.

Officials say to look out for fraudulent individuals pretending to be federal officials in hopes of scamming disaster victims.

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Flooding recovery assistance and other key resources

View or share a printable PDF version of these resources.

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