Heavy rain leads to localized flooding in Brattleboro (video)

BRATTLEBORRO -- Torrential rains flooded streets in downtown Brattleboro Thursday afternoon after storm drains couldn't keep up with the downpour.

According to Brattleboro Fire Chief Michael Bucossi, despite the flooding of city streets, the town's creeks and Whetstone Brook appeared to be well below flood level.

"It appears the storm stayed to the east side of the Interstate," said Bucossi. "The storms have stayed away from the west side of town and the brook is in good shape."

However, said Bucossi, he and the rest of the town's emergency responders are keeping their eyes on another line of storms heading our way.

"We've had street flooding at Elm, Flat and Frost streets and the Elm Street bridge has been damaged," he said.

According to a press release from the town, Elm Street between Flat and Canal is closed, with a significant washout near the intersection of Canal Street. A section of Guilford Street near Frog Hill Road is covered with water due to plugged culverts. A small wash out has occurred near Bridge Street, the area is blocked off with barrels and the road is not closed at this time.

Currently, the town has issued no warnings to any of its residents in low-lying areas, said Bucossi, but that could change depending on the track of the next stormfront. In addition, the town is asking people pay close attention to the weather and monitor WTSA and the National Weather Service for future statements. Please report any significant damages to Brattleboro Central Dispatch at 257-7946.

During the storm, the Brattleboro Fire Department assisted with power lines down on Carriage Hill and a traffic accident with minor injuries on Vernon Street.

In addition, a tree had fallen across power lines on Putney Road, said Bucossi, and water was flowing into the basement of the Centre Congregational Church on Main Street.


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