\"Tropical Storm Irene triggered the worst natural disaster in Vermont since 1927. At least three people drowned, and two are missing; hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed; the state\'s road system was broken in so many places they have not yet been counted.
Across southern and central Vermont, small neighborhoods and some entire towns were cut off from the outside world for two or three days, without electricity or telephones, with dwindling supplies of food and water.\"
You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley . The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in. (Note: While all donations are appreciated, financial donations offer the Red Cross the greatest flexibility for response in this crisis. Donations can be made at www.vermontredcross.org or by calling 800-660-9130 . For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact their operations headquarters at 802-773-9159 .)
The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund is being administered by Todd K. Bailey.
Vermont Baseball Tours has set up the 8/28 Fund to raise money. Donations of $20 or more get you a cool t-shirt.
The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.
The Preservation Trust of Vermont is taking donations to help rebuilding and cleanup efforts for the historic buildings and bridges damaged by Irene. Make a donation on their site and be sure to note “Hurricane Relief” in the Comments section.
The Intervale Center has started a fund to help the farmers at Burlington’s Intervale who lost their crops to flooding . To make a contribution, donate to the Intervale and designate your donation to the “Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund.” Or mail a check payable to Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund to the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401.
VTResponse.com is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. If you want to help clean up and rebuild, let the folks behind this site know.
Montpelier Alive is coordinating volunteer efforts in that city through their Facebook page.
The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.
Upper Valley Haven is operating with considerably fewer volunteers due to road closings. They’re looking for volunteers who are able to travel there.
Route 4 in Mendon, Vt., collapses while the Mendon Brook overflows.
A person searches for anyone who may be occupying the building as raging flood waters from Tropical Storm Irene cross Route 100.
Lauren McTear looks over the remains of the trailer home owned by her boyfriend\'s parents.