Saturday, September 3, 2011

ATHENS - Many residents in the tiny town of Athens remain without power as of Friday afternoon, but highway crews have managed to re-open nearly all the roads.

Tim Stevenson with the town's Emergency Preparedness Committee said Route 35 had a washout after Tropical Storm Irene nailed the region on Sunday, but the road remains passable with one open lane. Brookline Road was also temporally closed and has re-opened earlier this week. The Vermont Agency of Transportation map of Irenerelated road and bridge issues reports no closed thruways in Athens.

Meanwhile, Our Place Drop-in Center in Bellows Falls has continued to provide supplies to the Athens Community Church, currently serving as the emergency shelter for residents.

Our Place Director Lisa Pitcher said they are getting resources to town through a volunteer, Noreen Borden, who is bringing fresh produce and water directly to people and making soups at the church.