Green Mountain Power may release Marshfield Dam; Action could have impact on Montpelier, Plainfield, Marshfield

From Dotty Schnure:

The heavy rains have significantly increased water levels behind GMP’s dams, reaching levels that are potentially dangerous. At our Marshfield dam, record water levels are approaching the top of the dam. Because it is an earthen dam, water cannot be allowed to flow over its top. We are prepared to take emergency measures to protect the integrity of the dam. If necessary, the flow of water through the dam will be increased, which will result in greater flows of water all along the Winooski River. This action may be unavoidable in order to protect public safety and the integrity of the dam. However, if rains continue to abate and the rising of water levels slow, this action may not be necessary.

We have notified Vermont Emergency Management, the Agency of Natural Resources and other state officials. As a precaution, people living immediately downstream of the dam are being evacuated.

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