Tropical Storm Irene

Christina Moore of Halifax, Vt. sits at her desk in San Juan where she is managing disaster relief, using software she developed.
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A Halifax resident who developed a software program to help with the federal disaster relief process is in Puerto Rico managing the relief effort there.

Karin Hardy points to land along Ball Mountain Brook in Jamaica where her house stood before Tropical Storm Irene swept it away. Hardy's former house was not in the FEMA flood zone and she did not have flood insurance.
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Karin Hardy says she never thought much about flood insurance before Tropical Storm Irene, but she learned a pretty tough lesson the Monday after the storm in 2011.

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The Hunger Mountain Children’s Center in Waterbury is celebrating a move back into its newly renovated space. The center was forced to relocate after Tropical Storm Irene and, as it turns out, it’s one of the town's last remaining Irene recovery projects.

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The Norwich Pool was a public swimming hole created by a town-owned dam in the Charles Brown Brook, until Tropical Storm Irene washed part of the dam away five years ago. Since then, the town has tried unsuccessfully to get the green light to replace the dam and restore the community pool.

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It's been five years since Tropical Storm Irene dumped its record rainfall over Vermont. The state has come a long way in both recovering from that big storm and preparing for the next one, but there's still work to be done across the state.

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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.

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Five years ago, John and Beth Graham-Frock of Rochester lost their home after Tropical Storm Irene caused a small brook next to their house to overflow, taking out the foundation.

Beth Miller

The end of August will mark the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Some Rutland County communities are observing the occasion with a series of events focusing on flood resiliency.

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Wetlands and floodplains along Otter Creek protected Middlebury from more than $1.8 million of flood damage during Tropical Storm Irene, according to a new study from the University of Vermont.

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It's been more than four and a half years since Tropical Storm Irene, and across Vermont, there are still more than two dozen infrastructure projects that haven't been completed.

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Since Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Wilmington, businesses there have worked hard to recover. And by some measures, the local economy now is better than before the flood.

Stuart Comstock-Gay is stepping down as president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation.  Comstock-Gay has led the organization since 2008. He is leaving to head the Delaware Community Foundation.

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It's been more than 40 years since Townshend has seen an increase in the payments in lieu of taxes it receives for the Townshend Dam, and town officials are testing the waters to see if they can bump up those annual payments.

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Lawmakers and administration officials have begun contemplating the next major addition to Vermont's mental health infrastructure. But they have some big questions to answer before they construct it, and the size of the facility, as well as its location, will be part of a legislative debate in 2016.

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It's been four years since the rain from Tropical Storm Irene flooded Melrose Terrace, a public housing complex for seniors and people with disabilities in West Brattleboro. And now crews have broken ground on a long-awaited apartment complex to replace the storm-damaged units.

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The race for the Vermont Democratic gubernatorial nomination now has a third candidate.

Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says she's running for governor to help alleviate the "economic anxiety" that she feels is prevalent in many parts of the state.

It's still 11 months before Vermont's primary election and five candidates have already announced their intention to run for governor.

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Four years after Tropical Storm Irene devastated central and southern Vermont, federal officials have identified nearly 900 properties in Bennington County as being in high-risk areas for future floods.

Property owners now have a three-month window to buy flood insurance before the cost of coverage will increase.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

Stories about New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina have prompted Vermonters to also reflect on the four years since Tropical Storm Irene; both anniversaries are this weekend. A UVM disaster sociologist says that social and economic advantages are the strongest indicators of how a child will do in recovering from a disaster, rather personality or character traits. 

When this picture of project administrator Mike Stevens was taken nearly two years ago, work was about 90 percent complete at the state office complex in Waterbury.
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Almost four years after Tropical Storm Irene, work is nearing completion on the $130 million state office complex in Waterbury. On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin and other state officials toured the site.

As the tour began, Shumlin reminded everyone that budget-wise, reconstructing the Waterbury complex is the largest state government project in Vermont’s history.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

This month marks four years since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont. In the aftermath, President Barack Obama vowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be there to help with recovery. But an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Al Jazeera America found FEMA hasn't exactly been prepared for the new normal of climate change. 

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