Quechee, Vermont, only about 4 miles from our home in Woodstock is one of our state’s quaint villages and home to the famous Simon Pearce glass blowing plant.  The covered bridge about 50 yards from there is about 20 to 25 feet above the Ottauquechee River, just downstream of and old damn.  This evening water from Irene topped the road over the bridge.  That’s over 25 feet above the normal level of the river.  Here’s a video I picked up of the flood on youTube.  Keep in mind that the bridge is at least 20 feet above the river.

Update:CNN woke up a couple of hours ago and is now reporting live from Brattleboro, Vermont.  I’m hearing that the flooding in Vermont is massive and tragic.  Hopefully we’ll know more tomorrow.

Vermont is washing away while CNN is covering Chris Christie’s umpteenth press conference and MSNBC is back to weekend crime shows. Bridges washed out, people swept away, hundreds of houses flooded. The Ottauquehee River at my home in Woodstock is at least 15 feet above normal, neighbors below have been evacuated. All of Wilmington is reported as being almost completely underwater

Oo. Oo. I wonder if the Simpsons are on tonight?

Even though I’m currently stranded in Denver, I’ve been on Facetime with my wife, Gracie, who’s at our home in Woodstock, Vermont, riding out what’s left of Hurricane Irene as it continues its journey north through New England. While everyone down south is celebrating the lack of damage, New England is dealing with rainfall that it’s simply not equipped to handle.  Gracie has been sending me videos and pictures from our windows and nearby our house.

We have been watching flooding in houses built in the early 1800’s, which is tragic, but the scary thing has been the flooding of the local propane company facility, which has turned loose dozens of huge propane tanks, all floating down the river, releasing propane into the air as they float.  Read the rest of this entry

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