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The day it rained forever

Heavy rain and gusty winds hit Vermont Sept. 30-Oct. 1 flooding farmland, backyards, roads and parking lots in the Addison-Rutland-Windsor counties area. The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole moved up the East Coast last week and some wind gusts in the Green Mountains reached 52 miles an hour.

South of Brandon in Rutland County, the Otter Creek reach ed its flood stage on the morning of Oct. 1. Area rivers and streams crested last Friday morning. The New Haven River topped Route 116 closing the road south of the one-lane bridge in Bristol.

In Rutland County, the American Red Cross opened its headquarters doors as an emergency shelter after homes were evacuated in Center Rutland and elsewhere.

Around Vermont, various state roads that were either closed or reduced to one lane due to flooding, debris, or fallen power lines were: Route 116 in Bristol, Route 100 in Rochester, Three-Mile Bridge Road in Middlebury from Route 7 to Halliday Road, the intersection of Routes 114, 122, and 5, Vermont 118 in Belvidere, Meadow Road in Waitsfield, Route 125 in Ripton (partially closed), and Route 128 in Westford.

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