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Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Beryl’s remnants lead to widespread flooding in Northeast, New England

Beryl’s remnants lead to widespread flooding in Northeast, New England

Bridges and roads have been washed out, and numerous high water rescues were conducted across portions of the Northeast and New England Wednesday as torrential rains from the remnants of what was once Hurricane Beryl sent rivers and streams flooding into neighborhoods.

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Flash Flood Warnings were issued across portions of northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire as many areas picked up between 3-5 inches, with some locally higher amounts reaching more than 6 inches.

A video recorded in Barre, Vermont, shows flooded streets with barrels and trash cans floating in the water. Several inches of rain fell across the state, with cities like Montpelier picking up just over 3 inches of rain and Hinesburg receiving nearly 6.5 inches.

Vermont’s Department of Emergency Management said in a Thursday morning update that damage from Wednesday’s flash flooding was extensive, and significant damage has been found across the central part of the state.

Officials said Vermont’s Urban Search and Rescue teams and the Vermont National Guard are on the ground assisting hard-hit communities with evacuations and swift water rescues.

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“There have been several evacuations and road closures around the state due to flash flooding, primarily in central Vermont,” officials said. “Vermonters and visitors are encouraged to respect all closed roads and detours, as travel on those roads is not safe due to washouts and undermining.”

The water on many streams and rivers is running high and fast, and officials said debris is being washed downstream.

Many rivers in the area are in flood stage, and will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future.

The National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine, said the heavy precipitation continued well into the overnight and early morning hours on Thursday with additional ongoing flooding.

Storm spotters have submitted numerous reports of washed-out roads and bridges in areas such as Monroe, Littleton and Lancaster in New Hampshire.

There have also been several reports of people needing to be rescued from vehicles stuck in the floodwaters in Littleton, including one after a car was left dangling over a bridge that had washed out.

Another bridge washed out in nearby Lisbon.

People needed to be rescued in Plainfield, Vermont, after a building suffered a partial collapse, according to the NWS. And at least five people needed to be rescued in Lyndonville, Vermont, as high water rushed over roads in town.

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Event reminiscent of 2023 flooding

The event was reminiscent, to a degree, of flooding that overtook the region around a year ago when the NWS issued the region’s first-ever Flash Flood Emergencywhich was helped in part by orographic lift.

The meteorological phenomenon occurs when warm air is forced to rise over a mountain range but cools and condenses as it lifts. This leads to the formation of clouds and rainfall, which can be quite heavy and unpredictable.

Flash Flood Warnings continue across portions of the Northeast and New England from New York state to Maine, but the bulk of the heaviest precipitation has ended, and the forecast shows a drying trend for the waterlogged region.

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