Caught on tape: Irene’s flooding takes out bridge



Amateur footage provided by Susan Hammond shows flooding from Irene’s torrential rain taking out a covered bridge in lower Bartonsville, Vermont.

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  1. Every Vermonter I know cries like a baby when they watch our bridges get washed away…it was years ago and I still cry when I watch it, and hear my fellow Vermonters crying in the back ground. 😭

  2. The Blenheim bridge in gilboa, NY suffered the same. I miss the Blenheim covered bridge. They have plans to rebuild it. But it might take years for that to happen and to be completed. It has now been 2 years since Hurricane Irene and they still haven't started rebuilding the bridge yet.

  3. Thank you for saying that. We're Southerners, originally from New Orleans but in Georgia since early 1980s. At that time we started going to Marlboro, VT, every Memorial Day Weekend for the Marlboro Morris Ale. We've driven hundreds of miles around Windham and other counties, and we LOVE Vermont. We aren't dancers, just friends of many, as well as friends of our beloved innkeepers at the Whetstone Inn. Anyone ANYWHERE who doesn't recognize this kind of disaster as a tragedy has no heart.

  4. Up here in maine this storm took out 3 bridges just in carabasset and destroyed the the road in several places including a road that sat 50ft above the river at normal river flow. I understand what ur cover bridges meen to you. But we all got hit by the storm.

  5. so sad…watching something with so much good local history being destroyed. it also teaches us that nothing is permanent and maybe if we're cognizant enough, to learn from it.

  6. People ask why they are crying.. It's most likely something they grew up near and everything, something they crossed many times in their life. Grow up

  7. This is a very sad sight. A piece of history, lost forever. A thing of beauty that will never be rebuilt the same. I don't live in VT anymore, but I miss her and grieve for her.

  8. @masparagus Erm if you look at his profile Speedomike747 is American. Why the swipe at UK? Also we use stone in the UK as a lot of bridges (even stone ones) have been swept away too many times to take wood seriously.

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