Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast and through Vermont, leaving so much devastation in her wake, particularly in the southern half of the state. Bridges and roads have been completely washed out, whole towns have been left stranded and in need of food and clean water. Families have been displaced, schools have been delayed. Where we live, we experienced a lot of rain, very little wind and the river crested at about 19 feet in town. Downtown flooded in all the usual spots, then receded. We were very lucky. Those in the southern part of Vermont, towns such as Brattleboro, Rutland, Queechee and Bennington, did not fare so well at all.
Here are some ways to help:
VTResponse: they have a page that lists donation information by town-what is needed and where to send it. Red Cross has mentioned to send cash unless specified.
The Vermont Food Bank: There is a spot on their website where you can donate.
The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund-you can donate on line
The American Red Cross Vermont and New Hampshire Chapter
About Kris Underwood
Kris Underwood is the Social Media Manager at Hunger Mountain (Vermont College of Fine Arts). Poetry has appeared in several publications including MotherVerse, mamazine.com and Poetry Midwest. I read books & write about them on my blog sometimes.