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  •  You know, it's appalling (7+ / 0-)

    My son and I were out last night around 6 - trying to put some kind of warning up along the road that part of it was washed out.  We are up near the top of Northfield Range yet water was cascading down in torrents - the fields all underwater, just enormous amounts of water everywhere.  Today, it's mostly gone, though the streams are still wild and engorged.

    But it all went downhill.

    The village below is Moretown- was evacuated, washed out.  Bridges and roads are closed.  We may be marooned here.

    •  Some context (8+ / 0-)

      An inch of rain is 27,154 gallons of water per acre.

      There were 3 to 10 inches of rain in a few hours all across the state.

      The vast majority of land in VT is tilted due to the mountains. It was also completely saturated with rain from the intense rains we'd had earlier in the week, and had no capacity to hold any more water.

      In just a few hours, 81,654 gallons to 271,540 gallons of water flowed into the brooks, streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds from every single acre of land in the state (in addition to any rain that fell into those waters directly).

      Once the bear eats your friend, there's no one left to outrun. And it'll still be hungry.

      by radical simplicity on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 09:54:41 AM PDT

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