Nature’s Fury Unleashed: Northeast Battling Floods

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  • Flood-ravaged areas in the northeastern United States are expected to receive more rainfall on Thursday, exacerbating the ongoing recovery efforts from historic flooding.
  • A severe weather system moving through the Plains and the Midwest will reach the Northeast by Thursday evening, bringing scattered storms and the potential for additional rain from New York to Vermont.
  • Vermont has already experienced significant flooding, with some areas recording up to 9 inches of rain over a 24-hour period. Small creeks have turned into raging rivers, causing road closures and requiring swift water rescue teams to save over 100 people.
  • The Winooski River in Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, reached its highest level since 1927 but has gradually receded. The Wrightsville Dam outside Montpelier is also receding and not expected to breach the spillway.
  • The Lamoille River in northern Vermont reached its highest recorded level in the village of Jeffersonville.
  • President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Vermont, unlocking federal resources for assistance.
  • In upstate New York, at least one person has died in floodwaters, and over 500 homeowners have reported damage in Orange County.
  • The extreme weather began on Sunday, affecting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, and flash flood alerts were issued in parts of New York. The heaviest rainfall hit Vermont on Monday.
  • Although the Northeast was expected to have a break from heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, more storms are forecasted to hit the region on Thursday, potentially bringing another 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend.

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