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August 30, 2011


Hello, Beth. On Sunday evening, around 6pm, we drove through the storm from the Townships into Montreal. The conditions were fierce, with heavy rain, especially down near the Vermont border, and strong winds battering the car. Conditions were worst in those areas where the absence of shelter-plantations along Quebec highways and the widespread destruction of hedgerows by farmers combine to leave great tracts of land completely exposed. There were eerily very few cars on the road and not a bird in the sky, except at one point when, at the entrance to Autoroute 10, a few starlings were swept by at great speed.

Yesterday and today Aug 30,at Democracy Now with Amy Goodman there are two great pieces on Vermont.
Yesterday it was the governor and today from a owner of a Radio Station (I forget the call letters) but it's local station and has been a great asset in helping people.

These are still up on the Democracy Now site. These are well worth viewing.

Certain the major media missed again.

Oh, Beth. The more I read the more I realize how devastating this is for the state. I'm sure the little communities that comprise it will keep plugging along as always, but even so it's heartwrenching.

There was a small piece on the covered bridges in the New Yorker News Desk:


The first commenter--the woman who took the video featured in the post--is wonderful.

Beth, I am so glad you are safe, and in a dry place. That's scary about Vermant. Thanks for sharing the videos and notes. Here, in Germany, Irene was top news from Friday to Sunday, with the main focus on New York - probably also because lots of international news people live and work there, and are right there for reports. So it was basically same coverage on the different channels, and then it dropped from the headlines.

Real devastation here. Such turbulence everywhere. What unquiet times!

Yes, it was a mess. Posted some pictures of what a 70 or 80 foot Kentucky Coffee tree did to us and our neighbor, but it is more sad what has happened to historic icons and villages here and in New England. Losing those covered bridges!

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