Up to 23 millimeters of rain fell in some areas as small streams turned into raging rivers in Vermont’s worst flooding since Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, ABC News reported.
On Tuesday, authorities said more than 100 people had been rescued in Vermont so far. No injuries or deaths have been reported, Scott said. Flood waters continue to rise and more heavy rains are expected in the state that could drench already saturated soils, the governor said. In the Vermont capital, Montpelier, the Winooski River reached 640 centimeters, the highest level since 1927. According to Scott, he even had to go to the emergency response center Tuesday morning by boat because the roads around his home they were flooded.
More rescuers are being sent to affected areas, including teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts and North Carolina, for what authorities described as a multi-day operation. Helicopters from the Vermont and New Hampshire National Guards are also assisting with the evacuation, authorities said.
The northeastern United States is bracing for a “historic storm.” Hurricanes and heavy rains are expected for Thursday in most of its territory.