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The Untold Story of Hurricane Irene’s Havoc on the State of Vermont

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 20:17 PM
September 8, 2011

 The State of Vermont is living through the worse flooding it has experienced since 1927.  And while, no one believes the soils there can absorb any more water, more rain and flash flooding is still expected.  Until the water goes down, workers have no idea how many will be found dead or injured, or how much potential disease from contaminated water awaits the area.  With power outages across the state, Governor Peter Shumlin called the flooding in Vermont “catastrophic, the worst flooding in a century.” Hundreds living in mountain areas remain stranded.  While major media has largely disregarded the enormous extent of the destruction in the state, residents have twittered rescue messages such as: 
 “Wilmington is destroyed;” “Downtown Brattleboro in Vermont is underwater;” “Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Irene washed through the state and flooded towns from Brattleboro to St. Johnsbury;” “The raging rivers have led to major destruction for several towns and communities including Wilmington, Ludlow, Brattleboro and Rutland;” and perhaps worse, “Vermont is in the process of being devastated and seems to still be playing second fiddle to NYC.”  Or as Joni Colburn of the town of Royalton cried out, “I don’t have any more to lose.  We’ve lost everything we have.”

 As in the case of upper New York that I reported on yesterday, Vermonters have watched homes, businesses, cars––and even farm animals and people––lifted from their usual abodes and flowing swiftly down lakes and streams.  Communities like Wilmington, Ludlow, Brattleboro and Rutland that have been settled for untold generations will never be the same.

  Overwhelming numbers of roads, bridges and highways are either closed or washed out altogether.  Massive power outages persist, and what land is visible is strewn with downed power lines and fallen trees.  The state only has some 625,000 residents and most of them are still doubling up in neighbor-housing or crunched in evacuation shelters.  State Police Captain Ray Keefer says, “The storm essentially shut southern Vermont down.  It’s terrible.”  Emergency managers expect water levels to rise 20 feet above their normal 17 feet level. 

 While major media prefers moving on to “current news,” Americans must be aware that we are ONE nation.  If Vermont suffers so greatly, the entire nation also suffers.  Abraham Lincoln argued “divided we fall.”  Shallow media reporting causes division.  In Bible prophecies, Apostle Paul pleads for unity “If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? . . . But now are they many members, yet but one body” (I Corinthians 12: 15 – 20).  Vermont represents the nation.  We must wake up and see how sick we really are!

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