Floods in Northeast Cause Massive Damage

July 12, 2023
The flooding has caused upwards of $10 million in damages

The Northeast was visited by downpours this week, and the flooding caused massive amounts of damage. The rain washed out roads, forced evacuations, and halted travel for many.

Mike Cannon of Vermont Urban Search and Rescue said crews from North Carolina, Michigan, and Connecticut helped to get to towns that have been unreachable due to the rain.

According to Cannon, Londonderry and Weston were inaccessible and water levels at multiple dams were being monitored.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers said late Monday they expected two dams to release water overnight, causing “severe flooding” downstream likely to affect multiple towns.

The storm reached New England after hitting parts of New York and Connecticut on Sunday. Rainfall in certain parts of Vermont exceeded 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.

No reports of injuries or death have been reported in Vermont due to the flooding. However, in New York's Hudson Valley, one person was killed as she tried to escape her flooding home.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus told The Associated Press that the flooding dislodged boulders which rammed into the woman's house. Two other people were able to escape the home.

According to officials, the flooding has caused upwards of $10 million in damages.

In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul said at a news conference Monday the storm sent “cars swirling in our streets” and dumped a “historic” amount of rain.

“Nine inches of rain in this community,” Hochul said during a briefing on a muddy street in Highland Falls. “They’re calling this a ‘1,000 year event.’”

Multiple road closures are active in New York.


Source: WATE.com, Hudson Valley Post