Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy's On Her Way

It looks like we may be spared the same type of flooding that we had seen during Tropical Storm Irene, but the magnitude of damage experienced here in Vermont during Irene wasn't quite expected, either.  At least one thing that that is different from Irene is the level of awareness of the storm and the preparations that people are making that didn't seem to be as prevalent as we were waiting for Irene to make landfall.  Also, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, many  people took advantage of FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to have their floodprone property acquired by the community.  This should hopefully reduce any flood damages to homes and property that may result from Hurricane Sandy.

Additional information about preparing for a storm and other important Vermont-specific links can be found on Vermont Emergency Management's website -  

You can keep an eye on the streamflow conditions throughout Vermont at the US Geologic Survey's site and you can track Sandy's movement at the National Weather Service site, or Vermont Public Radio's site, too.

There are already reports of the impacts from storm surge affecting parts of NYC (to learn more about storm surge, visit NOAA's site  that includes an animated demonstration of how storm surge works.)

If there is any additional information regarding flooding in Vermont, we will be sure to post here.  Also, see our "Links to Important Documents" page for more resources.