Vermont Begins Recovery Journey From Historic Floods With Army Volunteer Assistance

As Vermont residents attempt to recover from the state’s historic floods through army volunteer assistance, the Marshfield Village Store, which is situated at the junction of two country roads in a small Vermont town, has recently changed into a bit of everything.

Initially, the shop in Marshfield, which is located about 45 miles (70 km) east of Burlington, the state’s largest city, operated as a shelter for around three dozen individuals. 

By Friday, it had become a source for supplies and a distribution point for desperately needed fresh water.

The general manager of the store, Michelle Eddleman McCormick, said, “We’re about to start putting it out more formally, if there are other people who haven’t been able to get the support that they need yet, so that we can get equipment and volunteers to them, emergency medication, work on their properties, that’s where we’re at right now.”

In some areas of the region earlier this week, storms delivered up to two months’ worth of rain in a few days, surpassing the amount that fell when Tropical Storm Irene swept through in 2011 and caused significant flooding. 

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Vermont And Fort Montgomery Face Tragic Consequences

The flooding this week was described as the largest natural calamity to hit the state since floods in 1927, and some people believed that storms like this one demonstrated the effects of climate change.

One death has been connected to flooding: According to Mark Bosma, a spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management, Stephen Davoll, 63, drowned at his home on Wednesday in Barre, a city in central Vermont with a population of around 8,500. 

He cautioned folks to continue exercising additional caution as they enter their homes to make repairs.

It was the second fatality brought on by floods this week in the Northeast as a result of a storm system. 

The first occurred in Fort Montgomery, a little Hudson River town located about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of New York City, where a woman was carried off by floodwaters.

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