Bridge Street looking south towards the White River.

Worse Than Irene

Submitted 2 years ago
Created by
Lee Michaelides

This is how White River Jct. looked on this day in 1927.

The flooding that took place in Vermont on November 4, 1927 is still considered Vermont's greatest disaster, according to the University of Vermont's Landscape Change Program. Floodwaters took out 1,284 bridges, 264 factories and 400 homes and outbuildings. Eighty-four people died, including the state's lieutenant governor. Countless roads washed away. Ten thousand farm animals perished.

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The total loss to the state was estimated at $48 million— equal to about $660 million today.

The severe flooding wasn't caused by a single event like Tropical Storm Irene, but by rainfall amounts in October that were nearly 300 percent higher than normal in some locations. The ground was already super saturated when 4-9 inches of rain fell on the region between November 2-4. 

Bridge Street looking north after the water receded.


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