You can’t get there from here

The thing about living in Vermont is, we tend to be really prepared. It is completely normal to have several snowstorms over the winter that take out the power, sometimes for a few days, and maybe you can’t get out for a day or two. Where I live is only 3 miles from the interstate and 1/4 mile off of the main road to Strafford Vermont, which is actually the closest town, where I go for milk, the post office, the bank…

Here is what things looked like from our road, at about 6 pm, after the water had gone down. To the right:And to the left:There is youtube video of the hole on the other side of that tree, I got a little emotional and sort of forgot to take pictures at that point. Thankfully our house is UP a steep side of hill from the main road and was not really in any danger at any point during the storm.

The water went over, under and through the road for about a 1/4-1/2 mile down from us.A few hours before I took those pictures this section of road was all underwater. We are up really high and didn’t begin to have the sort of danger the houses along the White river had. There are lots of rumors around about houses in town being swept away completely. As well as tales of cars, propane tanks, RV’s and mobile homes floating down river.  Most of the roads in this area are still closed but the local crew seems to be putting 100% of their effort into opening up this road so we were able to get out and to the interstate yesterday. The power came back on last night,  cell phone service is still sporadic but we are very lucky. Very very lucky. This is all really extra ordinary for us. There are not too many natural disasters here that amount to much more then a temporary inconvenience. My heart really goes out to all the people who live in hurricane and flood zones, where events like this are not once-in-a-lifetime events. We are so, so lucky.

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6 Responses to You can’t get there from here

  1. Terri (terdotty on rav) says:

    Glad you’re ok and so sorry for those who have suffered.

  2. Mona says:

    So glad you are doing well. We’re thinking of those who are trying to rebuild…

  3. elena gold says:

    holy moly. i was just thinking of you this morning, hoping you and yours are ok. glad to hear it. take sweet care.

  4. Trista says:

    Oh my! I really am amazed by the damage to Vermont from Irene. Best of luck with all that getting over her entails, and I’m so glad to hear your family is fine and your house survived the storm.

  5. BeckyinVT says:

    So glad you and yours are ok, I was thinking of you and others I know in the southern half of the state. I hope they get your roads fixed quickly. I have family in Chester that I hear through the grapevine are ok, but haven’t heard from directly. It’s all very nerve-wracking and not really normal for us.

  6. allison says:

    Oh my! These photos are unbelievable. Glad you are safe!