Otter Creek ready to flood in Center Rutland

The Otter Creek in Center Rutland is at flood stage or is forecast to spill over its banks later today. More rivers and creeks are likely to crest so please keep an eye on all waterways and evacuate if floodwaters approach your location.

Flash flooding has caused a number of road closures, and reduced many roads to one lane. Motorists are urged to respect road closures and detours, never drive across a flooded road, and avoid flooded areas if possible.

The following are state roads that are either closed or reduced to one lane due to flooding, debris, or fallen power lines:

•Route 116 in Bristol

•Route 100 in Rochester

•Route 7 in Brandon near McConnell Road along VTrans highway construction site

•The intersection of Routes 114, 122, and 5 (not closed yet but water is rising)

•The Maidstone state highway on the Vermont side

Motorists should drive with caution as water could pool up on highways and cause drivers to lose control of their cars.

Vermont Emergency Management is activated at Level III status meaning VEM staff and other agency representatives are activated. Swift water rescue teams have been put on standby.

This is all based on what has been reported to Vermont Emergency Management.

At any time, the public can call 211 for community information, referrals, and resources, including shelter information should any open.

A shelter in Rutland is expected to open soon; details will be sent to the media when they are finalized.

Media can call the Vermont Emergency Management Public Information Office at 800-347-0488.

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