Five Years After Irene: Rebuilding And Moving Forward

Aug 26, 2016

On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rain and historic flooding to Vermont. The storm stranded thousands behind washed out roads, destroyed dozens of homes, and changed the landscape of Vermont.

In the five years since that fateful day, Vermonters and their communities have taken the long road to recovery.

We hear from Chris Cochran, Vermont Director of Community Planning and Revitalization, about the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI). Betsy Tonkin, president of the Plymouth Historical Society, discusses their new film, "Irene: Ruin to Renewal." Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy talks about how that community rebounded. And photographer Chris Triebert of South Newfane explains how the storm affected her art, that is now on display at the Vermont Folk Life Center.

Also on the program, Senator Bernie Sanders called for a political revolution during his presidential campaign. He provides an update on his group, "Our Revolution."

Broadcast on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at noon and 7 p.m.