Capital region assesses flood damage

Bosma had his hands full May 27 answering questions from an anxious public. A temporary communications center was located at Barre City Hall. Several news reporters were on hand to receive updates on what roads around the capital area were open or closed.

In addition to flooded buildings, the state faced damaged roads from Waterbury to Barre.

"Residents are urged to use extreme caution and patience while navigating the roadways in and around affected areas," Bosma said. "Over the coming days and weeks crews will be working on affected areas, some delays and detours are possible."

By June 1, downtown Montpelier and Barre were open again, but numerous busineeses remained closed.

Vermont Emergency Management posted the following capital-region damaged roads at press time:

Coburn Road: Closed to through traffic; safe for residential one-way use; very rough on the Vermont Route 14 side

Clark Road: Closed to through traffic; safe for residential traffic from Barre Town side with dead end just beyond Pickel residence; no access from East Hill due to complete road washout at first culvert; this culvert needs a complete hydraulic study.

Hammett Hill Road: Closed to through traffic; the road is safe for residential one-way use only but proceed with extreme caution; the road is extremely hazardous near Vermont Route 14.

Kelton Road: Closed to through traffic; safe for one-way residential use only; proceed with caution.

Quaker Road: Open; one lane open only; proceed with caution.

Brazier Road: Closed to through traffic; safe for residential use from Towne Hill Road to washout and from Center Road to washout; proceed with extreme caution.

Muddy Brook Road: Closed until further notice.

In addition to property damage, the Vermont Geological Survey announced that capital-region residents should keep an eye open for landslides.

According to Vermont State Geologist Laurence Becker, "local residents need to be aware of these flood-related activities-small landslides, cracks in the ground, or any other unusual ground conditions that were not previously there."

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