in the aftermath

There is so much to say about the flooding from the last few days here in Vermont. Here are a few good places you can check for the latest updates:

Burlington Free Press

Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus

VT Digger

Vermont Public Radio’s storm damage coverage page

This blog isn’t about hard news, it wasn’t really created to be a forum for that kind of discussion. Not that it can’t be, but for the most part I am usually just focusing on those areas that don’t get attention from mainstream media: unique festivals, cool new recordings, local talent and concerts, international music.

Now that the flood waters are receding I’ve been noticing how the landscape has been transformed in both terrible AND, yes, beautiful ways. Today I discovered an entire area near the Winooski River near Richmond, VT where the water lines from the flood were well into the lower tree branches aroud the wetland: anywhere from 7-10 feet above where they normally are. The entire forest floor was a strangely serene scene of ghostly, wrecked beauty.

This blog is also about beauty, wherever it may be found. Here are some photos I took today as the residual floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene are subsiding.

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