Flooding causes road closures throughout central Vermont

8:30 a.m. flooding update

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Those homeowners who have suffered damage in the most recent floods are asked to call 2-1-1 to report that damage.

Current Road closures:

State Roads:

Route 302 in Berlin (Barre-Montpelier Road) – flooding

Route 2 St. Johnsbury to Lunenburg – flooding

Route 2 in Plainfield (east of village) – flooding

Route 2 in Cabot in the vicinity of Goodrich Maple Farm – culvert damage

Route 2 in E. Montpelier in the vicinity Mekkelsen RV – flooding

Route 2B in St. Johnsbury – may be closing soon.

Route 232 in Groton – flooding

Route 14 in Barre Town in the vicinity of Gillies Marine – flooding

Route 14 in S. Barre in the vicinity of Hannafords to Route 63 – flooding

Route 14 in Williamstown – flooding

Route 12 Montpelier to Northfield Falls – flooding

Route 5 in Passumpsic – flooding

Route 2 Montpelier to Middlesex – flooding

Route 64 in Williamstown from Route 14 to Construction Hill – flooding / undermining

Route 62 in Barre City from Main Street to Berlin Street

Several other local roads are closed; please respect all road closures.

Shelters:

National Life of Vermont building on National Life Drive in Montpelier

Barre Auditorium in Barre

(St. Johnsbury and Berlin shelters are now CLOSED)

State offices in Washington, Orange and Caledonia counties will be closed until 12:00 p.m. today as state workers are on reduced workforce due to the storm. State workers in all other counties have been authorized to operate on a reduced workforce status until 10:00am today, Friday, May 27, 2011. Employees who are affected by the reduced workforce status during this period may do so without loss of pay or benefits.

Motorists are reminded to never drive across flooded roads. Floodwaters can create unseen washouts and in flash flooding the current can be extremely strong; strong enough to wash away you and your car. Most flooding deaths occur when motorists drive through floodwaters.

If you do evacuate your home, turn off your circuit breaker before you leave and have your home’s electrical system inspected by a professional before you return.

For road closures dial 511 or go to www.511vt.com.

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