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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wilmington and Irene

My town, Brattleboro, had some impressive damage from Irene. So did Townshend, Dover... there's a long list. But Wilmington was severely hit. The massive flood all but wiped out their downtown; they're still cleaning up and rebuilding, and will be for some time. Wilmington is the town in the middle of Route 9, the corridor that links all of southern Vermont east to west. It's an important center that serves the ski resorts to the north, too. I hope they're back to normal before winter sets in.

Catching up with what's going on back home I read last week's issue of The Commons, Bratt's local independent newspaper. And found a column written by Patrick Skater, "The Yarn":

A splendid bit of writing, there. It has that feeling of unbowed resolve and slight sentiment that so typifies New Englanders. Well done, Patrick.


Anonymous said...

That was a wonderful story. I wanted to cry for that poor woman so concerned about her cats.

Austan said...

Lawless-I choked up a couple of times, thinking of those poor animals on their own. A friend at home had to have her cat put down after it stayed home thru the flood. And nobody's talking about the fish in our rivers. Before the flood, fish in the Connecticut were found to have tritium from the nuke plant. Nobody knows when or if it'll be safe to fish in our rivers again or if there are any fish left alive after all the chemicals and pollution from the flood.