Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain
State VERMONT
County/Area ESSEX
WFO BTV
Begin Date 08/28/2011 18:00:00 EST-5
Begin Range 0
Begin Azimuth N
Begin Location CANAAN
Begin Lat/Lon 45/-71.53
End Date 08/29/2011 01:00:00 EST-5
End Range 0
End Azimuth N
End Location GUILDHALL
End Lat/Lon 44.57/-71.55
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 300.00K
Crop Damage 200.00K
Episode Narrative Tropical Storm Irene moved across southeast New York and southwest New England during the morning hours of August 28th and then proceeded to track north along the Connecticut River Valley in Vermont during the afternoon and evening.

Strong to damaging winds in excess of 60 mph was observed within several miles of Lake Champlain in northwest Vermont as well as exposed higher terrain in southern Vermont and wind gusts approaching 50 mph downed trees elsewhere in Vermont during the afternoon hours. A peak wind gust of 85 mph was measured at the summit of Mount Mansfield (4400 ft - Lamoille county). Approximately 100,000 customers were without power during the storm.

The main, devastating impact from Irene was widespread, devastating flooding, especially for central and southern Vermont. Widespread rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches occurred across Vermont with 5 to 7+ inches across much of southern, central Vermont and elevations above 1000 feet along the spine of Vermont's Green Mountains and the Worcester range.

Devastating flash flooding occurred across much of central and southern Vermont mountain valleys with substantial and some record breaking flood stages on larger rivers.

This flood event will likely rank second to the November 1927 flood in the scope of meteorological and hydrological conditions/impacts as well as loss of life (84 in 1927), but likely first in monetary damage ((approx $500. million statewide vs $350. million (1927 in 2010 dollars)). There were nearly 2400 roads, 800 homes/businesses, 300 bridges and a half dozen railroad tracks destroyed or damaged from the flooding caused by Irene.
Event Narrative Heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Irene caused flooding across Essex County VT. Creeks and streams were overwhelmed.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 2 0 1.321B 23.700M
BENSON RUTLAND CO. VT 08/28/2011 10:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 2 0 50.000M 1.500M
GOULDS MILL WINDSOR CO. VT 08/28/2011 10:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 100.000M 5.000M
MT TABOR RUTLAND CO. VT 08/28/2011 12:20 EST-5 Flood 0 0 5.000M 1.000M
WINDSOR (ZONE) WINDSOR (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
GRAND ISLE (ZONE) GRAND ISLE (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 High Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 750.00K 250.00K
WESTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) WESTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 High Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
WESTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) WESTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 High Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
WESTERN ADDISON (ZONE) WESTERN ADDISON (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 High Wind 50 kts. MG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
WESTERN RUTLAND (ZONE) WESTERN RUTLAND (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
WATERBURY ARPT WASHINGTON CO. VT 08/28/2011 14:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 60.000M 2.500M
FERRISBURG ADDISON CO. VT 08/28/2011 14:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 20.000M 1.000M
LAMOILLE (ZONE) LAMOILLE (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 15:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
ORANGE (ZONE) ORANGE (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 15:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 43 kts. EG 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
EASTERN ADDISON (ZONE) EASTERN ADDISON (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 15:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
RANDOLPH ORANGE CO. VT 08/28/2011 15:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 32.500M 1.500M
EASTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) EASTERN CHITTENDEN (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 15:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
ORLEANS (ZONE) ORLEANS (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 43 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
SOUTH HINESBURG CHITTENDEN CO. VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 2.000M 1.000M
POMPANOOSUC WINDSOR CO. VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 20.000M 2.500M
ESSEX (ZONE) ESSEX (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
EASTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) EASTERN FRANKLIN (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
CALEDONIA (ZONE) CALEDONIA (ZONE) VT 08/28/2011 16:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 43 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
CABOT WASHINGTON CO. VT 08/28/2011 17:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 15.000M 2.500M
JAY ORLEANS CO. VT 08/28/2011 18:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 500.000M 250.00K
CANAAN ESSEX CO. VT 08/28/2011 18:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 300.00K 200.00K
WELLS RIVER ORANGE CO. VT 08/28/2011 18:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 5.000M 1.000M
EAST BURKE CALEDONIA CO. VT 08/28/2011 18:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 4.000M 1.000M
RICHFORD FRANKLIN CO. VT 08/28/2011 20:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 500.000M 500.00K
HUNTINGTON CHITTENDEN CO. VT 08/28/2011 20:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 3.000M 1.000M
MOSCOW LAMOILLE CO. VT 08/28/2011 20:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 2.500M 1.000M
Totals: 2 0 1.321B 23.700M