This morning is truly the calm after the storm. The sky is clear blue, the air is crisp and the sun is shining but here is a glimpse of what Vermont experienced yesterday as Tropical Storm Irene hit the state. There has been widespread flooding all over and hundreds of roads have been closed due to wash outs. What we experienced, essentially, were flash floods and the name describes it perfectly because within hours we went from full rivers to raging rivers that literally knocked down bridges. Fortunately, we all stayed safe and dry but that isn't the case for so many others. Vermont hasn't seen such widespread flood damage since 1927.
The images are heartbreaking. This covered bridge in Quechee, VT, just 20 minutes up the road from us, was completely pummeled. Our historic Cornish-Windsor covered bridge is still standing and luckily the Connecticut did not reach flood capacity. It was nearing it.
The old dam at one of our ponds here in Windsor was rushed with water coming down from the surrounding mountains. Luckily it held but the excess water caused our high school athletic fields to fill with so much water, the bleachers were covered.