Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Irene’

The tiny and (usually) hardly remarkable stream that runs between the Trafalgar Square yard/paddocks and the larger pastures beyond grew to immense proportions on Sunday.

Power returned to many communities by mid-morning today, but turning the lights on didn’t help matters in most cases. Although the flood waters are in most cases receding, they leave in their wake destruction of land and property. Trafalgar Square Farm was blessed to suffer minimally (in comparison) to other properties. Its tiny, tame stream–generally not much more than a pleasant, shallow, gurgle of fresh water that separates the lawn and paddocks from the pastures above, did swell to immense proportions, but luckily destroyed primarily footbridges and fence lines, rather than larger structures.

Our close neighbors of Killington and Strafford, while in opposite directions, both remain isolated by the road and water damage, necessitating emergency aid. The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA), of South Woodstock, the home of many of our local equestrian events, has suffered severe damage to its buildings, barns, and show grounds. Today they issued a release canceling the following popular September events:

100/60/40-Mile Ride (Sept. 2-4)

Horse Days Pleasure Rides (Sept. 2-4)

Fall Driving Classic (Sept. 10-11)

September Horse Trials (Sept. 17-18)

Lucinda Green Clinic (Oct. 5-6)

All September Members’ Days (12, 19, 26)

Events due to take place in October are TBD.

TSB author Jane Savoie shared this pic (by Stephanie Landvater). Stephanie's has 16 horses (and a broken foot), so her husband waded out in flood waters up to his neck, found the lead mare, and the rest of the herd followed them to high ground--see the horses in the background (Williston, Vermont).

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As we hear from family, friends, authors, customers, and perfect strangers from around the world, we know that many of you are catching glimpses of our home state in its, well, tattered state. Trafalgar Square Farm is dealing with flooding from the brook that runs through the property, and power is out so we’re on the generator. But our home communities are devastated, and several landmarks in the neighboring towns of Quechee and Woodstock are no more. We’ll share more as we get a full grasp on the impact of Irene’s heavy rains.

Below are clips of the road washing out below Senior Editor Rebecca Didier’s childhood home, and the historic bridge in Quechee, Vermont, washing away.

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