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    There were plenty of warnings an precautions.

    However, the storm's path and the extent of damage was unprecedented. Flooding and wind damage were expected, but the extent of flooding was not. My understanding is the storm suddenly veered further west than had been expected, and it dumped a whole lot more rain, much faster, than reports had anticipated.

    Since the ground was already completely saturated and could hold no more, ALL of that water went into every little brook, stream, river, pond, lake, etc. in very short order.

    It's hard to understand what happened if you haven't lived here. Even this spring's historic floods were NOTHING compared to what happened yesterday. It wasn't exactly Katrina, but the damage to a state with most of its populous areas built in historic river mill towns (the rivers were the highways of the time when VT was settled) is extraordinary.

    Due to our geography, there are almost no roads in the state that are not near brooks, streams, ponds, or other water bodies. This usually isn't a problem.

    And that doesn't even address the agricultural destruction - the most fertile farmland is the bottom-land near rivers. It's almost harvest time, and there is no time left to replant, because frosts will arrive in a few weeks.

    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 11:03:48 AM PDT

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    •  I can't wrap my head around the devastation (4+ / 0-)

      At my house right now, everything seems normal.  I went down to the village, which has hit by a massive flash flood last night - it looks like a 3rd world country.  I don't know how to link a picture, or I'd put up a pic of 100B leading out of town:  destroyed.  Looks like it was  hit  with a massive earthquake.  And what is really blowing me away, is that this  scene is playing out in nearly every community in Vermont today.  People are tryiing to figure out how to get anywhere.  In the village everyone is covered with mud and pitching in hauling muddy furniture and belongings out of village homes that have been knocked off foundations.  Just attended a FEMA meeting at the town hall.  On the one hand, it's grim, on the other hand, everyone is pitching in together.

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