by Gazette Staff
HARDWICK – A powerful storm that dropped over eight inches of rain in some areas of Vermont caused heavy flooding that damaged roads and buildings in Hardwick and surrounding towns.
The Lamoille River reached levels that surpassed those immediately after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Hazen Union Gymnasium, a designated emergency storm shelter, hosted nearly 50 people. Sections of Routes 14, 15, and 16 were closed. The Inn by the River suffered significant damage. Jackson Bridge in Hardwick was severely damaged, as were sections of the recently completed Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
The Gazette’s operations were disrupted by the flooding. We will have detailed coverage of the impact of the flooding as soon as we are able to.