The Wrath of Irene

The story of a storm that laid waste to the White River Valley
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On August 28 Vermont was struck by Tropical Storm Irene. Once a Category 3 Hurricane, by the time Irene crossed the state line she had lost her bluster, but not her impact. As much as nine inches of rain fell in less than twelve hours on an already saturated Green Mountain state. What resulted was a most "imperfect storm" that devastated some watersheds while leaving others relatively unaffected.

Nowhere were the incongruities of this storm more apparent than along the White River and its colorfully-named tributaries ... Stony Book, Gilead Brook, Locust Creek, Thayer Brook, Riford Brook, Flint Brook, Jail Brook, and Camp Brook. Irene turned babbling brooks into raging monsters that tore through bridges and roads and left stranded communities of neighbors to their own ingenious, even heroic devices.

This is the story of a storm, but also the Storm Stories that resulted.

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