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Flash flood compromises section of Amtrak rail route

Norwich washout. Jack Cushman, courtesy photo

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says flash flooding has washed out roads in several areas of the state and temporarily ended Amtrak service.

About 800 feet of New England Central Rail track in West Hartford has been compromised due to a bank becoming unstable from the saturated ground.

Passengers traveling on the Vermonter Amtrak service will be bused to destinations.

A number of state highways were closed on Saturday, but most were reopened Sunday. Crews have been deployed to repair roads and flood waters have receded in most affected areas, according to state officials.

Roads that remain closed or restricted include:

  • VT U.S. 5 in Norwich is closed between Main Street and River Road and may not be fully open until Monday.
  • Route 125 from the Ripton Store west to U.S. 7 is reduced to one lane in places due to flooding.
  • Route 30 in Pawlet, just south of Route 133 near Sheldon’s Store, is down to one lane and may not be fully open until Monday.
  • Route 14 in South Randolph near South Randolph Road has some lane restrictions.

Many local roads were also affected by flooding. Town and VTrans officials will assess damage and repair costs over the next few days.

The following roads were closed on Saturday but were reopened on Sunday.

  • Route 100 in Rochester has reopened.
  • Route 100 in Warren has reopened.
  • Route 125 in Middlebury has reopened.
  • Route 302 in Groton has reopened.
  • Route 133 in Pawlet/Tinmouth has reopened.

Vermont Emergency Management officials say far northern and southern areas of the state received from 1 inch to 2 inches of rainfall Saturday, and many central Vermont towns received 3 inches to 4 inches.

Officials urge motorists to respect closures and detours and never drive over a flooded road, as unseen washouts can sweep away a vehicle.

Natural swimming holes in rivers and other waterways will have high levels and dangerous currents until waters recede further. Visit for more information.

Amtrak can be contacted directly at or 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Additional road condition information can be found at

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Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust. She has been a journalist for 20 years. Galloway was the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus from 2006 through 2009. For many years, she was a contributing writer for Seven Days, and her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (Vows column), the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). In March 2017, she was a finalist for the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for her investigation into allegations of fraud at Jay Peak Resort. Galloway was also a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors FOI Award in April 2017.

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