The village of Waitsfield is still in the process of rebuilding.
“Some parts of town got hit harder than others,” says Town Administrator Valerie Capels. “Several farm fields along the river got clobbered, but most are back in production after a lot of hard work to remove debris and restore the soil.”
The municipality sustained about $200,000 in damage from Irene, but that was on the heels of the May flood that caused extensive damage to town infrastructure. The Bridge Street Marketplace in the village is rebuilding after being devastated by the flood, and while five businesses that were destroyed have not returned, some voids have been filled by new businesses, according to Capels.
One home in the village was destroyed and will not be rebuilt. Several others were heavily damaged and six households were displaced, but all are back in their homes and repairing or rebuilding.
Capels says the governor will be on Bridge Street on Monday to acknowledge the anniversary and check in on recovery efforts. The Mad River Valley Rotary Club is also putting on the second annual Vermont Strong Block Party on Bridge Street, in celebration of the community spirit and the volunteers who made recovery in Waitsfield possible.MORE IN Irene Towns Anniversary
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