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About two dozen residents of a mobile home park in Lyndonville were evacuated today as flooding closed state and local roads in a number of locations.  

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With winter tourism suffering due to a lack of snow, you might think fewer people would be flying into Vermont. But officials at many regional airports say business is up.

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Weather forecasters are looking ahead to a cold and snowy week. It's a turnaround from the relatively warm and snow-free weather we've seen across the state this winter. We're looking at how this winter's weird weather has been affecting the state's economy- from tourism and the ski slopes to heating costs, retail, and beyond.

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Let's say it's a cold night, after a quick freeze in early January. You're woken up at 3 a.m. by a loud booming noise and the house shakes.

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It seems like real winter may have finally arrived in Vermont. But what about the long-term forecast? Not the prospects for the weekend, but what the state's climate is going to look like years, decades, or even centuries down the line. We're looking at what a rapidly changing climate is going to mean for our particular neck of the woods. 

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The mild winter is creating hardship for many who rely on the income from snow and skiing-related jobs.  

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The lack of snow is disappointing for skiers, but it’s also a problem for the several thousand people who depend on Vermont ski resorts for seasonal work; many resorts are reducing hours or delaying the start of those employees, while other resorts are having to get creative in the way they put staff to work.

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We know salt helps keep icy roads safe, but the salt itself has some negative side effects on the environment – and our cars. In Quebec, the city of Laval is experimenting with a special, alternative additive: white beet extract.

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It's an odd feeling when you step out the front door in December and feel more like shedding your coat than adding another layer.

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A Brattleboro nonprofit that promotes sustainable building design says green buildings should be able to prove that they can stand up to natural disasters, especially those associated with climate change.

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The Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative has released their final report. Over the last two years, multiple agencies have been working together to look at how individual towns can think about the economic impacts of flood damage, and the value of mitigating it.

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Long before Tropical Storm Irene, University of Vermont professor Dan Baker and other community planning researchers were concerned about the vulnerability of Vermont’s mobile homes to floods and other emergency events.

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How can Vermont's riverside communities better handle the risk of floods? The Vermont Community Foundation's High Meadows Fund believes promoting watershed-wide resiliency, rather than a town-by-town approach, is the key to preparing for high water events.

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Severe thunderstorms dumped 3.5 to 4 inches of rain on central Vermont on Sunday night and Monday morning causing flash flooding in Barre and Plainfield. The flooding displaced some families in Barre and inundated several businesses. 

Monday afternoon, Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier said seven residential structures were uninhabitable out of a total of 80 that were damaged by flooding. Some were multi-family homes. Bombardier says emergency management officials are still assessing the damage.

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In 1859 people across the country were roused in the middle of the night by a light so bright you could read by it. This event, caused by a series of large solar eruptions, became known as the Carrington Event.

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So far this June is one of the wettest on record in Vermont. With over 7 inches of rainfall, it’s the fourth wettest June in Burlington since 1884.

For many farmers, waterlogged fields have prevented them from harvesting hay; and the standing water stunts the growth of corn and other grains.  

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Vermont strawberry growers say despite the rainy weather in the month of June, it's been a good year for the crop.

Two schools are closed in Richmond this morning, as the town is dealing with a problem with the municipal water system that has left parts of the town without water. Richmond Elementary and Camel's Hump Middle School are both closed.

Officials say some home and businesses are without water, others have low water pressure. The town's water department is working on a fix for the problem, but they're not sure when water will be restored. Areas without water include East Main Street, Church Street, Esplanade, Farr Road, Jericho Road and Thompson Road.

The Vermont Electric Cooperative received a $2.1 million grant from the federal government to help cover costs related to a December 2014 storm that brought down power and telephone lines and left 100,000 without power, some of them for more than a week.

The $2,130,871 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of the recovery costs incurred by the Johnson-based coop, which had 13,000 customers without power during the storm.

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Although nights may not be as bitter cold, new challenges face Vermont’s homeless population now that spring has sprung.

Elizabeth Ready, director of the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, sees those challenges every day and is working to help find a safe, permanent home for Vermont’s homeless population.

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