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Area Flooding Update

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HARDWICK — Daylight, Thursday morning, July 11 revealed flooding and road closures in the area. Today’s forecast for scattered showers suggests caution if one must travel,

from a Facebook post by By Katherine Sims Water covers the Wolcott Street roadway with Poulin Lumber and Paul Davis Restoration flooded on Thursday morning, July 11.

Hardwick’s Thursday, July 11 morning update at 4:50 a.m. reports, “The Lamoille River near Cooper Brook has risen beyond its banks. The low lying areas of Wolcott Street and the adjacent side streets have all experienced flooding; along with VT Route 15W and VT Route 14S. We are working on getting the Emergency Shelter open and taking inventory of damaged roads, bridges, and washed out culverts. Local Officials are monitoring river levels and expect the river to crest and start to recede by mid-morning. We will keep you informed as information becomes available regarding available resources for those affected.”

By Norma Spaulding
The Lamoille River in Hardwick fills up the river channel, almost to the driveway behind the Hardwick Inn in this photo taken from Brush Street on Thursday morning, July 11

At 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Walden Town Clerk, Debbie Messier reports, the “Town of Walden has closed Cobb Road and Orton Road.” The bridge at the bottom of Orton Rd. and Stannard Mountain Road is in the river

Photo by Meaghan Meachem on the Greenbsoro Association Facebook Group There are trees crossing the road if you’re trying to get to Stannard Mountain Rd from the Bend. Schoolhouse Rd in Stannard is also closed.

The State 511 website shows “VT-16 in East Hardwick just north of D&L Beverage at Belfry Road is CLOSED due to high water on the roadway,” last updated at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

A 2:02 a.m. update shows, “VT-15 is CLOSED from Morrisville through Wolcott to Hardwick due to multiple washouts.”

By Norma Spaulding Hardwick’s Granite Street looking toward the Atkins Field Pavilion on Thursday morning, July 11

A 4:52 a.m. update this morning, July 11 shows “VT-14 and VT-15 in Hardwick is CLOSED northwest of town by Lamoille Valley Ford due to water over the bridge deck.”

South of Hardwick, “VT-14 in Hardwick is CLOSED from Marshall Street to the Marshfield town line due to high water at Carey Road,” according to a 9:54 p.m. update on Wednesday, July 10. Social media reports suggest the reference to Marshfield should be Woodbury.

by Norma Spaulding
The Lamoille River at the site of the recently removed Inn by the River east of Hardwick, showing further erosion and suggesting Tuesday’s removal benefitted those downstream by eliminating another source of contamination.

A 6:46 a.m. report Thursday indicates, “VT-14 in Woodbury is CLOSED just south of the Woodbury/Hardwick town line (house #6673) due to trees down involving wires. Seek alternate route.”

VT-14 in Woodbury is CLOSED just south of the Woodbury/Hardwick town line (house #6673) due to trees down involving wires. Seek alternate route.

Social media reports of flooding and road closures elsewhere, including significant damage in Plainfield village, with the water system shut down and road closures or washouts in Craftsbury, on Gebbie Road near Atherton Road in Greensboro and flooding at Woodbury’s Fire Station.

By Ricky Albores
Greenbsoro West Lakeshore Road at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 is washed out in the west side.

The Craftsbury update about 6:00 a.m., Thursday, July 11 indicates, “Please use caution, especially on dirt roads. . . North Craftsbury Road is back open. Mountain Hill Road use caution.”

image from Facebook posted by Town of Craftsbury approximately 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 11

Thursday morning, VT Route 2 shows several closures from East Montpelier to South Cabot.

Multiple road closures in Waterbury and Barre will make travel in and around central Vermont difficult this morning.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Ricky Albores reported, “Significant washout on the west edge of Lakeshore Rd. At Blockhouse Hill Rd. Stay to the left when heading south.”

Paul Fixx is editor of The Hardwick Gazette and lives in Hardwick.


  1. Lisa Sammet

    Thank you for your flood coverage.

  2. Elizabeth Getsinger-donlon

    Excellent coverage.

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