#21 Apr 6, 2011
One positive highlight of the 1927 flood was the survival of the Chittenden
Dam near Rutland, which did not overflow, despite the copious
precipitation. Although some dams washed away in other parts of the
state, the ones that did not (e.g. the Deerfield River) pointed to the usefulness
of such structures as flood control measures. In 1929, the
of Advisory Committee of Engineers on Flood Control
that “the only feasible method of diminishing flood flows in Vermont
consists in constructing reservoirs for power use.”
The resulting flood
control plans took advantage of New Deal programs such as the Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC).
Today, attention has shifted to the
wise use of floodplains as a prevention strategy, including buy-outs, improving
municipal transportation infrastructure, and building flood resistant
#22 Apr 6, 2011
The Great New England hurricane of 1938 (ranked category 3 on the...The state reported
almost $4.4 million in highway and bridge damage, especially in
the areas around Brattleboro, Ludlow, Woodstock, Middlebury, and
Rutland. Farm losses from the wind and water stood at $7.6 million,
while tremendous wind speeds led to the loss of about half of the state’s
sugar maples. The havoc wreaked by hurricane-related winds was repeated
most recently with the arrival of Tropical Storm Floyd on September
15–17, 1999. After surviving moderate losses ($1 million) as a
result of the 1998–1999 drought, the apple industry suffered approximately
$3 million in damages in the wake of this storm.
Tropical cyclone remnants need not produce the catastrophic flooding...
#23 Aug 31, 2011
Looks like the Vermont Historical Society has their job cut out for them with Irene!
#24 Aug 31, 2011
Who has photographs and video of the Vernon VT dam after hurricane Irene? Please post a link.
#25 Aug 31, 2011
Amazing weather in the last 3 months...the Springfield Ma and east tornadoes and this flooding.
#26 Aug 31, 2011
Still it looks like the Vernon Dam system is much improved; perhaps from lessons learned from the 1936 breach.
#27 Aug 31, 2011
The Commons has a good number of great articles today.
#28 Sep 1, 2011
The accident I would be worried about is a earthquake in our area and it destroys the pumping house and thus all the water behind the dam get bypasses...
A loss of Vernon dam accident...
#29 Sep 22, 2013
My dad always told me that the flood at Vernon, VT and Northfield, MA was caused by the spontaneous build up of an ice jam upriver that formed a dam. The water built up behind it until it suddenly broke flooding the river and the lowland in Northfield and Vernon below. As far as I know, there was no failure of the Vernon Power Dam other than the water swamped it and ran right over it! Certainly the powerhouse would have been abandoned under those conditions, however I believe that the dam held.
My dad's uncle, Charles Tenney, lost all of his cattle except for one who had been sick so it was kept in a different place on his Northfield farm. The water had risen so quickly that there was no time to get any of them out of the barn. "Uncle Charlie" must have been an astute businessman and a hard worker as, without insurance, he had soon rebuilt his farm until it was the largest dairy farm in New England!
Later our family became acquainted with the Smith Family who had lost their husband and father in Windham as a result of the flood.
#30 Sep 22, 2013
In my previous comment I was referring to the 1936 flood on the Connecticut River.
#31 Sep 22, 2013
It will be the downed trees and the poorly designed high voltage electric system that will damage us so much…
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