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!
This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.