West Hill House B&B

Irene’s Destruction in the Mad River Valley

August 29th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Route 100 near Jamieson Insurance, David Dion Realty and Alteris in Waitsfield VT

Well, it has been quite an amazing 24 hours! As with most of you, we were hooked on the weather channel keeping up to date with the progress of Irene. Our trusty garden rain gauge measured 6″ of rain between 8:30 yesterday morning and the same time this morning. We forgot to put the gauge out on Saturday evening when the rain started. The winds were not too extreme so with the exception of a few limbs, all our trees are still with us.

Being on the mountain side, our B&B was certainly not hit as hard as those of you along the coast in the direct path or our friends and neighbors in the lower elevations in the towns of Waitsfield and Warren.

The Mad River Valley did get an enormous amount of flooding. The Mad River lived up to its name. The lovely Pitcher Inn’s kitchen and wine bar, Tracks, were flooded with 4′ of water and they are now digging out – literally. Many farmers lost their crops under copious amounts of water–hopefully their animals are all safe. All this after finally getting crops in following huge flooding in May. Lots of roads and bridges are washed out so travel is quite disrupted. Nearby towns including Montpelier, our state capital, were again inundated.

We trust that our guests and friends up and down the eastern seaboard–both in the US and Canada–are safe.

2 thoughts on “Irene’s Destruction in the Mad River Valley

  1. Kathy Brandecker

    Dear Peter and Susan, Our hearts sank when we saw the destruction in our home away from home – our beloved Vermont. We’re very glad to hear that you and the Inn are unscathed. Hopefully disruption to your surrounding area is short-lived and it’ll be business as usual soon. We fared pretty well in our area. Communities near creeks and rivers, of course, have school delays and and road closures, but nothing too devistating. Things should be back to normal in a day or two. Thinking of you in Pennsylvania – Tom and Kathy Brandecker – Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all of beautiful Vermont!

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