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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.


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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This year's long winter was especially tough for those who don't have somewhere warm to call their own. Vermont's mix of cities, towns and rural areas posed unique problems for the homeless here, and for the people trying to help them. 

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With 18 inches of ice on the Winooski River, the city of Montpelier is asking residents and businesses to be proactive and prepare for potential spring flooding.

The city of Winooski is asking residents to leave the water running.

That's part of the city's effort to prevent the water main breaks and frozen pipes that have caused extensive trouble this week.

Winooski Public Works Director Peter Wernsdorfer says the recent cold weather has been tough on the city's network of underground water lines.

Because of that, the city is asking residents to turn a faucet on and let the water run so it won't freeze in the distribution lines.

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Dozens of schools were closed again in Vermont on Monday. The culprit this time was the low temperature, not heavy snowfall. Bitter cold makes starting buses and heating school buildings a big challenge.

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If you've been out in the early morning lately, you may have been hearing the welcome arrival of more birdsong. Don’t get too hopeful – it doesn’t mean spring is coming.

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Lake Champlain has completely frozen over for the second year in a row, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS Burlington office announced Monday that the lake is fully frozen. According to the agency's data, the Feb. 16 freeze makes 2015 the third year in the past 10 when the lake has frozen over completely.

Last year, it froze completely by Feb. 12. Before that, Lake Champlain hadn't "closed" since March 2007.

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What is it with winter? Some Vermonters resign themselves to the fact that if you want to live here, you're going to have to deal with at least five (and maybe six) months of cold, ice and snow. Others can't wait to dive headlong into the white stuff. And others still might like it for adornment around the holidays, but then wish it and the shorter days away as quickly as possible.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that Vermont is sending 40 National Guard soldiers to Massachusetts to help that state deal with a record amount of snow that's fallen there in over the past few weeks.

"We're going to send a dozen dump trucks, a number of backhoes, loaders and other equipment, basically to help them dig out," Shumlin said.

The soldiers from the 131st Engineer Company will be based about 20 miles northwest of Boston for the next two weeks.

Eye On The Sky

Snow blanketed much of the state overnight and continues to fall Monday, with forecasts in some areas predicting more than a foot of snow.

Schools were closed Monday in almost every county in Vermont and road conditions remained poor through the morning, with low visibility and extreme cold that makes road salt less effective.

The Eye on the Sky weather forecast predicts at least four to six inches of snow everywhere in Vermont, with more in the south.