Scores evacuated in Vermont Flooding

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Posted: May 27, 2011 5:39 AM
Scores evacuated in Vermont Flooding

Nearly 150 people have been evacuated in three Vermont cities after heavy overnight rains caused rivers to flood.

Vermont Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma said early Friday that 144 people from Montpelier, Barre and Berlin have fled their homes because of high waters and take refuge in shelters.

He tells The Associated Press that numerous roads throughout the region have been closed due to flooding.

The Winooski River and its tributaries overflowed during a drenching rain that began Thursday night.

He says river levels "just spiked" but they watercourses should crest shortly.

Emergency shelters have been opened in Montpelier, Barre and St. Johnsbury.