Update: Vermont Emergency Operations Center
August 31, 2011
BURLINGTON, VT – The Vermont National Guard is continuing its mission delivering food, water, medicine, and other necessities to communities in need. Air operations are currently being carried out to Plymouth, Mendon and Killington. After that supplies will be transported by air to Granville, Hancock, Marlboro, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Stockbridge, Strafford and Wardsboro.
The air mission is being joined by helicopters from the Illinois National Guard. One of those arrived in Vermont this morning.
The Agency of Transportation has made repairs to roads heading into all towns that had been previously cut off except for Wardsboro. However, VTrans is working with personnel from the National Guard to connect Wardsboro today. ALL of these roads are extremely rough and intended for emergency vehicles and National Guard delivery vehicles only. Air operations will still compliment the truck deliveries to ensure the speediest delivery of provisions.
Traffic in damaged areas is hampering recovery efforts. Please stay off the roads unless you have an emergency. This will help speed up permanent repairs.
The Vermont State Police continue to work with the National Guard on drops into affected areas. Troops in the two affected troop areas are going door to door to check on residents.
The 211 phone line is being used for damage reports or for those who need resources like shelter, fuel, or other services. More operators are being added and phone messages WILL be returned, patience is asked of the public. Calls about local road closures will NOT be returned as that information is ever changing and unavailable.
There are currently 12,000 power outages in the state.
Four teams from the Environmental Protection Agency, Vermont’s Hazardous Materials team and Department of Environmental Conservation are visiting the hardest hit areas of the state to make preliminary environmental hazard assessments. Three of the teams are traveling by ground, one by air. The teams will be reviewing water and wastewater facilities for damage and taking an inventory of tanks and other water and wastewater hazards. In particular, they will be looking for chemicals and other hazardous materials that have leaked, or are in danger of doing so.
Vermont Emergency Management will operate its Emergency Operations Center at the FEMA offices in Burlington at least until the end of the week. Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708.