Friday, September 2, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont

Dear Friends,

Victoria and I are safe, however tropical storm Irene produced significant damage to the buildings, roads and bridges in my town of Roxbury, Vermont.  

Victoria walked down our road to take these photographs on Monday, the 29th of August. A member of the road crew took this picture of her standing in the middle of our road. The former road bed was roughly level with the undisturbed grass above Vic's head.

By Monday afternoon the road crew was already working on a temporary one-lane road built from trucked-in fill. These guys are incredible.

This is a section of main-line track over which Amtrak's Vermonter normally passes. This track is located less than a mile from our house.


 As bad as things were here, other Vermonters had it much worse. It's a great sorrow to see the damage done to our beautiful Vermont and it's wonderful folk. 


  1. Glad your road is being mended Michael. The damage looks very extensive. Let's hope further hurricanes and tropical storms are less troublesome. We usually get the worst storm winds here in October. 1987 saw millions of trees flattened yet today their replacements are now mature. Nature heals.

  2. Thanks Roger,
    Yes, in fact I'm amazed at how quickly the roads are being repaired. Bridges take somewhat longer, but as you say, it's all just a matter of time.

    A wicked ice storm that we had back in 1998 left millions of mangled trees here. The healing is such that I can spot the damage today in the forest only if I look closely.

  3. I was born in Roxbury. Moved to Ct in the early 50s. I am so sad to see how the flash floods have done so much damage to the town. When I was a kid, I did spend alot of time in the brooks. I am also sad to hear that the fish hatchery might close after this. I have many happy memories from Roxbury.

  4. Hello Louise,

    Roxbury would have been a wonderful place to grow up! I'm glad to hear that you have good memories of the place we've called home since 1984.

    The roads continue to improve here by the day. Beginning last week I was able to commute to my job in Stowe via the Roxbury Gap road. The covered bridge at Waitsfield is still closed, but one can detour just to the north of the village to reach RT100.

    Here on West Hill Road things are nearly back to normal. The portion of the road (along the Woodard Brook) shown taken down to rock in the above photo has been restored. I'm not sure how we'll fare on it come next Mud Season, but I'm pleased for now, as Victoria and enjoy walking it most everyday.

    Thanks for you comment Louise.

    Best wishes,

  5. Hello Michael, I am Louise's daughter, Cindy. My mom was Louise Thurston when she lived in Roxbury. I think my grandmother still lived in Roxbury until the late 80s.
    thank you for posting some pictures. I live in Georgia and when I heard The Weather Channel announce there were currently water rescues going on, I posted the information on the family web site.

  6. Good morning, Michael,

    glad to hear you are doing well after the storm.

    I first came across your website when I was looking for a tunnel diode TRX. -- Mikums fits the bill perfectly; thank you very much for sharing! I will probably build a version for 28MHz; I am still somewhat undecided.

    I noticed that you have some Handel and Bach pieces on your "life" link list. I would imagine that you may also like , one of my favorite Handel arias.

    Again, thanks for all the valuable qrpp info on your website.

    All the best from Germany,


  7. Hi Cindy,

    Thank you for your comment. Oh yes, the Thurston family has quite a long history here!

    As of last week, one may again drive to Montpelier via RT12A/RT12. The hope is to have as many roads as possible repaired before the snow arrives.

    Best wishes,

  8. Dear Fred,

    Your Handel link sent chills racing up and down my spine. Thank you, I loved it!

    "Wer eine Freude festzuhalten sucht, zerstört das beflügelte Leben. Wer aber die Freude küsst in ihrem Flug, lebt im Sonnenaufgang der Ewigkeit."

    "He who binds to himself a joy, doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise."

    Billy Blake

  9. Dear Michael,
    I am delighted that you enjoyed listening to Patizia Kwella singing Handel's "There sweetest flowers...". Thanks for the apt quote. "Musical chills" -- same experience here. See also: [url][/url]
    Try another "chiller": [url][/url] (Monika Mauch is one of my favorite contemporary sopranos).
    I am trying to enclose the URLs with the respective tags -- no idea if this works here.

  10. Fred,

    Beautiful. Vielen Danke.

    "Is it not strange that sheep's guts could hail souls out of men's bodies?" WS, Much Ado About Nothing