The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) is putting together a video of footage from Hurricane Irene, its aftermath and its recovery effort. Midd grad Carolyn Fox ’10.5 who works at VCF said, “The project is a short video message of thanks to share with people in Vermont and throughout the country who have donated money, time, and other resources to those affected by Irene.”
If you are one of the many Midd Students who volunteered in the Irene recovery efforts, we encourage you to upload any video footage you might have on to YouTube and then fill out this form to be included in VCF’s video.
Fall break is upon us (some of us) (me) (yay). As students head to Montreal, Boston, New York, home, random colleges in the northeast where that one friend from high school goes, some of us will be staying on campus. For those of you that are here, tomorrow is the first VT Clean Up Day. From the website:
“In the Vermont spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, Clean Up Day is a locally-led initiative to assist individuals, families and communities affected by Tropical Storm Irene. It’s also an opportunity to start a volunteer effort or participate locally in your own community. No jobs are too small! Everything we do now will help Vermont prepare for winter.”
There is still a significant amount of damage from Irene, and Vermont communities need all the help they can get. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the cause, their website is here. Additionally, Middlebury students are still organizing student volunteer work at go/relief.
Photo courtesy of the Burlington Free Press. Taken on Wednesday.
President Obama declared Vermont a federal disaster area yesterday. Photos, video, and other reports show widespread damage especially to roadways and bridges along waterways. Governor Shumlin told the AP: “We haven’t seen flooding like this, certainly since the early part of the 1900s.”
Middlebury both town and College appear to have escaped mostly unscathed. According to the College Horticulturalist Tim Parsons:
No major problems occurred on campus. Facilities was busy with their usual leaks here and there, but it didn’t seem any more significant than another big rain. We’d spent a chunk of Friday mobilizing for the storm; gassing and sharpening chain saws, getting wet vacs ready, checking pumps. Monday morning dawned clear and fresh, and revealed a mid September amount of fallen leaves, along with a plethora of sticks. Some large branches broke in the wind, as well as having a couple of trees topple over. Overall, however, I was pleased with the relative lack of tree damage.
The town of Middlebury reported on their Facebook page: “Just a reminder to all that downtown Middlebury is open with no road closures whatsoever. All businesses, restaurants, theater, etc. are open and ready for business.” The lack of damage is remarkable as neighboring towns did not fare as well. Nearby East Middlebury was evacuated during the storm and the town of Brandon experienced severe flooding damage. The Addison Independent writes that Bristol residents are being asked to boil their water.