Thursday September 1, 2011

HALIFAX -- In an effort to assist residents who continue to be impacted by the floodings from Tropical Storm Irene, Halifax has activated its emergency operation center.

On Wednesday, 28 volunteers assisted in recovery efforts, and the center was able to distribute two days worth of food and water to 50 families who are geographically isolated, many without power or telephone service. Provisions were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and delivered to Halifax by the Vermont National Guard. The teams will be going out again Friday with food and water.

According to town officials, many roads in town are now considered "one-car passable with careful driving," though they caution drivers to be alert for changing conditions.

"It is possible to get to Jacksonville, Greenfield, Wilmington and Brattleboro," officials stated in a release, "but we ask people to make only essential trips, as the repairs here and in neighboring towns are temporary and ongoing."

The town post office is open and receiving mail, and can be accessed from Sprague Road to Reed Hill Road, since the bridge at the intersection of Reed Hill Road with Branch Road is still out.

The Halifax Elementary School plans to open next Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Officials are urging residents in search of non-emergency related information to call the emergency operations center at 802-368-7673 or visit www.halifaxvermont.com.