Hurricane Irene is on her way out, but the storm caused massive flooding in Vermont and the Catskills. The Weather Channel called the flooding “historic” and said “there is still a long way to go with Irene.” Ten rivers in the Northeast have already soared past flood stage and broke all-time crest records. Flood warnings and watches remain in effect from Pennsylvania to Canada.
In the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York, at least a dozen people were stranded in a hotel as fast moving floodwaters surrounded it. Rescue crews were sent out in boats when fire trucks were unable to navigate the flooded streets. During a briefing for reporters on the effects of Hurricane Irene, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Greene County was among those for which he had sought a federal disaster declaration.
“We have tremendous flooding in upstate New York, in the mid-Hudson area and the Catskill area,” Cuomo said.
Fast moving floodwaters overcame towns in Vermont as a result of Hurricane Irene. From Brattleboro to Woodstock and beyond, waterways became raging and destructive rivers, washing away roads and bridges. The Weather Channel reports that train tracks were completely washed away in Northfield, Vermont and that downtown Brattleboro was completely submerged in water. Shelters are opening up to house the thousands of Vermont residents who are fleeing the flooding.
“We didn’t get the wind from Irene, but we certainly got as much if not more water than we were expecting,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil. “People are in total shock,” he added of the unexpected Vermont flooding.
Below is the latest update on Irene from The Weather Channel:
- Downgraded to a tropical storm
- Winds are 50 mph and the pressure is 975.
- The center of Irene is located over Massachusetts.
- Four million people are without power due to Irene.
- More than 12,000 flights were canceled due to Hurricane Irene.
- 18 deaths are blamed on Irene.
As the week progresses, The Weather Channel warns that flooding will remain a big threat. Flash flooding is especially dangerous and can be life threatening, so it’s encouraging viewers to stay tuned for the latest watches and warnings.
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