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Heavy Rains Wash Out Roads

Heavy rains fell over parts of Vermont causing road washouts and flash flooding. Especially hard hit were the towns of Underhill, Jericho Cambridge and Essex.

Many local roads are closed. Route 15 and Route 104 are also closed this morning. Vermont State Police say a bridge in Westford has been washed out and numerous roads have been closed or partially closed due to flash flooding caused by heavy rains. Vermont Emergency Management is reminding drivers to never drive across a flooded road.

Authorities say a bridge on Route 15 in Westford was washed out by the fast-rising water.

The Red Cross opened a shelter last night at Brown’s River Middle School in Jericho, but it has since been closed due to lack of demand.

Eleven schools are closed in Chittenden County:

Browns River Middle School

Camels Hump Middle School

Chittenden East Supervisory Union

Essex Town School District

Jericho Elementary

Mt. Mansfield Union H. S.

Richmond Elementary

Smilie Memorial School

Underhill Central School

Underhill ID Elementary

The National Weather Service says 2.26 inches of rain fell on Burlington yesterday, tying the maximum daily rainfall record set in 1955. The weather service said the east branch of the Passumpsic River near East Haven was at 6.7 feet Friday morning. Flood stage is 6.5 feet. Lowland flooding was expected in Lyndonville.

Full list of road closures:

Essex

Route 15 between Sand Hill Road and Route 104 in Cambridge

Jericho

Fitzimons Road

Alpine Road

Brookside Lane

Willow Lane

Palmer Lane

Raceway Road

Hirams Crossing

Underhill

Poker Hill

Irish Settlement

Page Road

North Underhill Station Road

River Road

Kelly Road

Butler Road

805 Route 15

Daudelin Road

Page Road

696 Irish Settlement Road

Maple Ridge

Tupper Road

Gertz Road

Briar Patch

Hawk Ridge Road

Westford

128 and Route 15 from Essex

Cambridge

Williamson Road

Lower Pleasant Valley Road