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Flooding Sweeps Northeast; Biden Declares State of Emergency in VT

Intense rain and flash flooding have hit Vermont and the northeast, leading President Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency in Vermont and to order federal assistance. Local officials have made over 50 rescues across the state, using boats to help people who were trapped in their cars or in their homes.

Key Details: Residents were evacuated, and roads were closed across Vermont. Montpelier's Winooski River reached 20.89 feet on Tuesday morning — second only to 27.10 feet in 1927.

Key Quote: "This is an all-hands-on-deck" event, Vermont Governor Phil Scott said at a news conference.

For Context: The storms and catastrophic flooding have surpassed levels experienced by the remnants of Hurricane Irene, which washed away roads and homes in 2011. Over 9 million people are currently under flood alerts.

How the Media Covered it: Many sources noted that the dangers resulting from remnants of the flooding will continue for some time.

Posted on 11 Jul 2023 15:46 link