|AOT – Vermont Local Roads <AOT.VermontLocalRoads@vermont.gov>
|11:07 AM (40 minutes ago)
Good morning. Flood Watches are in effect for Sunday for much of Vermont and Essex county New York.
Mainly dry weather for today…NOW is the time to prepare!!!
PLEASE make sure that culverts and other structures that normally route running water safely have been checked for potential debris (blockage) and cleared if necessary to potentially prevent future flooding damage. If this hasn’t been done, then TODAY is the day to do it!
Steady rainfall is expected to move into NY and VT around daybreak Sunday, some of this rain will be heavy. Due to existing saturated soils, we will likely see much of this rain go directly into surface runoff into streams, creeks and culverts before possibly flooding roads.
Sunday afternoon, scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will redevelop with rainfall rates possibly in excess of an inch per hour. Due to Sunday morning’s rainfall, ALL of this additional rainfall will flow directly into the previous mentioned locations.
Any obstructions to the normal flow of water will force running water to find an alternative route and potentially cause significant flooding. Therefore, please check for any obstructions in culverts, streams near roads and take the necessary action TODAY!
One last thing…we are NOT, repeat NOT expecting the areal coverage or severity of flooding that we witnessed earlier this week. However, as witnessed in Addison county last night, flooded roads, partially washed out roads and potential landslides could occur.
Any questions, please contact our office at 802-658-0150.
Scott L. Whittier Warning Coordination Meteorologist DOC/NOAA/National Weather Service Burlington Int'l Airport - 1200 Airport Drive S. Burlington VT 05403-6028