Hurricane Irene Devastates Northern New England Resorts

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SAM Magazine-Rutland, Vt., Aug. 29, 2011-The remnants of Hurricane Irene drenched northern New England and caused extensive flood damage to resorts, from Okemo and Killington in Vermont to Attitash, N.H., and Sugarloaf, Me. Flooding in many locations was the worst on records dating to the 1930s.

The Superstar Pub attached to the K-1 Lodge partially collapsed due to the rushing waters, and the village at Okemo sustained significant erosion damage as well. Mud piled up against many structures in the base area of both resorts, and much the same was true at Attitash. The New Hampshire area's Mountain Coaster was closed for inspection of the support structures.

Killington's Lodge

Killington Base Area

Snowshed Lodge at Killington

Attitash Base Lodge

Attitash Base Lodge

Attitash Base Lodge

Attitash Mountain Coaster

Reports of more damage are sure to follow as resorts examine the storm's aftermath and communications return to normal.

What's known already is that many resort towns and major skier roadways were heavily damaged. Businesses flooded and roads washed away as streams quickly overflowed their banks.

Route 7, Rutland, Vt

Sugarloaf access road.

Southern Vermont was one of the hardest-hit areas. Major roads and bridges washed out in the towns of Bennington, Wilmington, Jamaica, Ludlow, and Rutland. Reports indicate heavy damage in the Stratton-area towns of Bondville and Londonderry as well.

Mount Snow escaped major damage, according to early and unofficial reports, and the installation of the area's new six-pack bubble chair was not affected in a major way.

SAM will update news on the impact of Irene as details are available.

For more pictures, visit Vermont Flooding 2011 on Facebook.


Killington Isolated

Kevin T. Broderick posted a photo album.

Rt. 4 and Rt. 100 have many sections of road washed out. It will be a major effort to get the roads repaired before the 2011/12 season.

Wilmington VT

Heard on VT Public radio one state official calling the worst disaster that he knew of in Vermont was the town of Wilmington, close by Mt. Snow and full of wonderful tourism businesses.
Also heard Phil Camp lost his newspaper business in Woodstock, and Bernie Weichsel was stranded at Killington, couldn't get out on main highways (Rt. 4 or Rt. 100) in any direction.
It's a very sad & devastating time in our lovely state, from border to border.