Montpelier, Barre, Berlin evacuates residents

MONTPELIER - A series of violent thunderstorms triggering a tornado warning and releasing heavy amounts of rain pounded Vermont's central and western sections during the early morning hours of May 27.

According to Mark Bosma of the Vermont Emergency Management agency, "The Winooski River and its tributaries have spilled over their banks in the city of Montpelier and residents are being evacuated. Route 2 west is currently flooded from Bailey Avenue and the river has not yet crested."

In addition to Montpelier residents, Barre and Berlin residents are also being evacuated at presstime because of flooding.

"Swiftwater rescue teams are being utilized in areas and others are standing by if more help is needed," said Bosma.

Emergency shelters of the Vermont Emergency Management agency have been opened at the following locations-

•National Life of Vermont building on National Life Drive in Montpelier

•Berlin Elementary School in Berlin

•Barre Auditorium in Barre

The following state roads are currently closed-

•Route 302 (Barre-Montpelier Road): flooding

•Route 302 / Route 25 in Orange: flooding

•Route 302 in Groton from Route 232 to Powder Spring Road: flooding

•Route 2 in Danville: flooding

•Route 2 St. Johnsbury to Lunenburg: flooding

•Route 232 in Groton: flooding

•Route 14 in Barre Town in the vicinity of Gillies Marine: flooding

•Route 12 Montpelier to Northfield Falls: flooding

•Route 5 St. Johnsbury Center: mudslid

"Driving in areas of the state is hazardous with flash floods covering roads in low areas, or washing them out on higher ground," Bosma cautioned.

Motorists are reminded to never drive across flooded roads.

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