Say it Ain’t So: Winchester flooding (2014)

February 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm (news) (, , )

News out of Britain has been rife this past weekend; now comes reports of the River Itchen overflowing its banks.

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I remember taking this riverside walk, often!

Downtown Winchester – with its towering Cathedral (resting place of Jane Austen) – is not super far from this spot. The Itchen snakes through so many places I remember well, from my two months in the area, working at the Hampshire Record Office, with the letters and diaries of Emma, Mamma, Fanny, Eliza Chute, et al.

Here in New England, we’ve nothing but snow (and rain is now predicted for us, later in the week…); in Olde England nothing but rain. There is nothing worse than drastic flooding. Must get letters out to my friends, and see how they are fairing.

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Irene Damages Vermont

August 30, 2011 at 10:03 am (news) (, , )

Very humbling, living in the Champlain Valley, to hear of the extreme devastation southern Vermont has undergone in the aftermath of Irene.

A college friend hailed from Chester – Chester is one of several places literally cut off: no one can get out or in, due to roads, bridges, etc etc.

The Bartonsville historic Covered Bridge got washed away, and Quechee’s covered bridge lost both its approaches.

Bennington and Brattleboro, two communities near the Massachusetts border, were under water.

Sad news continues to reach us:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/29/national/main20098866.shtml

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110829/NEWS/110829681/1160/SPECIALSECTIONS04&source=rss

http://uservideos.smashits.com/video/bWE5m6PNahw/hurricane-irene-flooding-in-chester-vermont.html

http://www.wcax.com/story/15356637/400-trapped-at-killington-ski-resort-after-floods?redirected=true

http://news.yahoo.com/vermont-reels-historic-flooding-003048120.html

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-08-28/us/irene.vermont_1_three-dozen-roads-flood-prone-areas-vermont?_s=PM:US

Undoubtedly, some of the same regions hits with “historic” flooding this past spring were victims of the hurricane’s flooding: places like Waterbury, Montpelier (the state capital), and Barre. On the news last night was more the “aftermath”: quick-rising water that had by then departed — leaving a trail of devastation and mud.

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