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    Posted June 3, 2011 by
    Barre, Vermont
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    Vermonter's try to recover from flood.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photojournalist collierphoto has been covering the flooding in the Barre, Vermont, area and talked to residents who lost pretty much everything in the flooding. He says his wife lost her car in the flooding, but it was covered by insurance.
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    For residents of Central Vermont, the last week has been anything but business as usual. Most us look forward to Memorial Day Weekend as the unoffical start to summer, for many Vermonters, the unoffical start to summer, has taken on new significance as the offical start of the recovery from the heart-break and destruction caused by storms and flooding that started May 27th.


    As residents work to salvage what they could of their possesions and homes, FEMA officals began the long process of meeting with the people of central Vermont and explaining wha, if any, federal assistance might be available to those who suffered losses or were displaced by the what is now being called the Memorial Day Weekend flood.


    Photo Captions:

    1. Cindy Stamour of the River Run Manor Trailer Park in Berlin drags a few final possessions away from her destroyed trailer in Berlin Wednesday.


    2. Route 302, a critical corridor between Montpelier and Barre was reduced to a single lane as errosion from a week of rain and foul weather was slowly causing the road to collapse. Saw horses which placed to alert drivers of the danger, moved daily from the very edge of the road Friday the 28th, to the middle of the road as of Friday June 3 completely closing one lane of the heavily traveled Route 302.


    3.Residents of Harriongton AVenue in Barre were hit particularly hard after the Stevens Branch of the Winnooski River overflowed it's banks and raged through the tiny Barre neighborhood.


    4. As I looked at these two sneakers embedded in the mud, I just knew someone fleeing the flooding the night before lost their shoes in the heavy sticky mud deposited by the Winnooski River.


    5. A car still sits, a week later, mired in mud and sewage contaminated water.


    6. A Barre women and her daughter attend an informational meeting for residents of the tiny central Vermont community who were hardest hit by the flooding and destruction of this last week.


    7.Walt Ackerman, owner of Harry's Hardware in Cabot Vermont describes how flash flood waters reduced the small parking area next to his hardware store, and only gas station in town from a level lot, to a series of shattered concrete slabs, sloping down to the river behind his small business. Governor Shumlin flew into Cabot on a Vermont National Guard Air Ambulance to inspect the extensive damage to the tiny Vermont town. To the left, Major General Michael  Dubie of the Vermont National Guard looks at the large sink-hole that occupies the space to the right of the small mom and pop hardware store.


    8. A distraught Barre man begins to break-down as he sits through an informational meeting for residents of the tiny central Vermont  community who were hardest hit by the flooding and destruction of this  last week.


    9. 5 Days after her home was ravaged by a May 27th flood that ripped through communities along the Winnooski River in Central Vermont, a mud spattered Cindy Stamour gives up the battle to salvage her trailer at the River Run Manor Trailer Park in Berlin, Vermont. With most of her possesions covered with foul smelling, sewage contaminated mud, her saturated trailer begining to collapse around her and a letter informing her that she was behind on her lot rent, it became just too much to bear.


    10. The long clean-up process began Friday morning, May 28th, immediately following the flooding of the previous night.

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