Governor: Vt. seeing worst flooding in a century

AP News
Posted: Aug 29, 2011 8:21 AM
Governor: Vt. seeing worst flooding in a century

Vermont's governor says the state is enduring its worst flooding in about a century.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says state officials had been preparing for the worst, and in some parts of the state the worst happened.

Shumlin says officials have moved from crisis management to assessing the damage. He says he's planning to tour the state Monday in a National Guard helicopter.

Tropical Storm Irene left almost 50,000 Vermont customers without power. Hundreds of roads are closed and the state lost at least three historic covered bridges. Some communities also are cut off.

Officials at one point thought they might have to flood the state capital, Montpelier, to relieve pressure on a dam. But by Monday morning that threat had abated.