VT: Tropical Storm Irene Recovery Project


Tropical Storm Irene Recovery Project
Vermont

When Irene hit Vermont in late August of 2011, it caused massive destruction to homes, highways, bridges, rail lines, and just about every other possible aspect of infrastructure. Almost every east-west and north-south corridor suffered damage. Nearly 330 road segments and 36 highway bridges were closed while 11 local communities were left without access to the road network and emergency services. Experts estimated more than $500 million in damages. Vermont Agency of Transportation organized its entire network, beginning work on the total 558 miles of repairs needed in the state’s transportation system. It kept the public informed through an emergency call center, regular updates through social media, a Google “Damage Map”, and other means. With help from neighbors, VTRANS put the state transportation network back together in just 123 days. 

 

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