UVM CRV: Stories Of Irene

The UVM Center for Research on Vermont is collecting Vermonters’ stories from Irene. From their site:

“Please send us your accounts of what happened to you, your neighbors, or your community… We have been touched, saddened, and inspired by the many stories we have heard already -stories of neighbors helping neighbors, volunteers aiding strangers, and the incredible reshaping of our landscapes.”

For more information about this project, visit UVM’s “Stories Of Irene”.

Google Works With Vermont To Map Vermont Flood Information

Google and VTrans just launched a new website to track road and bridge closures and other information. Many folks have complained that 511vt.com only includes the state roads and not the local/town roads. This project seems like a response to that feedback.

From Matt Dunne, head of community affairs (and former candidate for Vermont Governor):

“We worked with the Vermont Agency of Transportation to put together a map documenting road and bridge closures, flooding and other information. We hope this map is helpful to the residents of Vermont recovering from Hurricane Irene.”

Check it out here: http://crisislanding.appspot.com/?crisis=2011_flooding_vermont

Why This Blog?

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene we’re simply receiving more information than we can possibly broadcast on the VPR airwaves. As a service to listeners and all Vermonters, we’ve decided to aggregate it and publish it here to distribute the information as quickly as possible.

Some of it is press releases from organizations, non-profits, and state agencies. Some of it is information sent to us by listeners. This isn’t meant to be a news site (see VPR.net and the other great Vermont news organizations for that). We also don’t want to duplicate the amazing efforts of citizens and organizations who have stepped up to help their fellow citizens (hat tip to #VTReponse and many others). We’re simply trying to share information as quickly as we receive it.

If you have news to share, post it here or email news@vpr.net.

Town of Hartford accepting volunteer assistance

The Town of Hartford is accepting volunteer assistance with the continued clean-up aftermath of the storm. Volunteers are asked to report to the Hartford Municipal Building on Thursday Sept 1 at 1:30 pm.  Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, brooms and wear boots.

Please contact the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department at 802-295-5036 or email elebrun@hartford-vt.org for more information.

Vermont Law School campus reopens as students aid community

Vermont Law School’s classes started today, two days late, because of school closure due to electricity, telephones and Internet service being interrupted by Hurricane Irene. All systems have been restored. (more…)

Governor Shumlin visits CVPS headquarters, praises workers

With more than 270 bucket trucks, diggers, track and other all-terrain vehicles, crews flooded some of the isolated areas in central and southern Vermont today.

As of 5 pm, more than 63,000 of the 73,000-plus customer outages have been restored, with 9,500 remaining. Addison and Bennington County outages were restored today, while work continues in Windsor, Rutland, Windham and Orange counties. (more…)

Flood & Disaster Recovery Resource Center now open

Thursday, August 31, Senator Patrick Leahy released the following statement to all Vermonters regarding the damage left by Hurricane Irene:

As we learn more and see more and reconnect with each other, Vermonters are still coming to terms with the swift and fierce destruction that Irene left in her wake. I’m a lifelong Vermonter and I’ve never seen anything quite like this before in our state. (more…)

Waterbury Food Shelf seeks donations

The Waterbury Food Shelf’s facility was damaged during the flooding that occured due to Hurricane Irene. They are currently operating out of the ThatcherBrookPrimary School. People are at TBPS assisting to prepare meals and feed those who have been put out of their homes by the flooding. (more…)

Rutland region transportation updates

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce has released updates on the assistance efforts with transportation in the area. The information found below is current as of 2pm, August 31, 2011. (more…)

VTrans announces new roadway and bridge openings

The Vermont Agency of Transportation announces that today they have opened five (5) bridges in Bennington and Rutland Counties, and twenty (20) segments of downed roadways throughout the state in response to Hurricane Irene. The updated list is found below. (more…)