For all those kind customers and friends who have sent their best wishes to Vermont Woods Studios and our network of Vermont woodworkers, here's a quick update on Vermont's status after Hurricane Irene.
- This storm will most likely prove to be one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation’s history
- Analysts said that much of the damage might not be covered by insurance because it was caused not by winds but by flooding, which is excluded from many standard policies
- 3 people in Vermont have died and a fouth is still missing
- All rail traffic has been stopped
- Nearly 300 roads and 30 bridges are closed
- The state office complex in Waterbury is shut down
- A dozen villages are cut off by bridge and road wash-outs, with no way in or out
- The National Guard is airlifting food, water and supplies to them
- Nearly 20,000 Vermonters are still without power
- These photos give an idea of the damage and destruction in VT
Skiers – sorry to report that this is a base lodge at Killington.
Also, if you love horses you have to see this video. It's a horse and rider braving the floods and stormy weather to deliver medicine to a stranded Vermonter. And speaking of horses, here's a tip for Vermont horse owners: New England's only non-profit donkey, horse and mule rescue may be able to help you with boarding displaced animals. It's called Save Your Ass, of course (really- you can't make this stuff up). Give them a call at 603-835-2971. Ask for Ann.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are suffering through this disaster. Vermonters need help. The Brattleboro Reformer had a great article today on ways to help. Yesterday I posted links to the American Red Cross of VT and other organizations that are helping Vermonters. Your encouragement and support is greatly appreciated!