DEVELOPING STORY: Citizens of Vermont’s capital city are being urged to take shelter in the upper floors of their homes as dam is on the verge of being overtopped. “People in at risk areas may wish to go to upper floors in their houses,” the Montpelier Police Dept. said in a statement. “If water exceeds capacity (at the Wrightsville Dam), the first spillway will release water into the North Branch River. This has never happened since the dam was built so there is no precedent for potential damage. There would be a large amount of water coming into Montpelier which would drastically add to the existing flood damage.” Watch videos below.
The capital of Vermont is cut off this morning with the threat of higher water coming from the Wrightsville Dam should it overflow. https://t.co/QBcPlKNpo4— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) July 11, 2023
Downtown Montpelier completely flooded this morning – Winooski River hovering near its crest now. Monitoring the Wrightsville Dam about 5 miles north near its capacity. Awful situation in Vermont’s capital could get worse. @foxweather @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/RzMFplFX95— Ian Oliver (@IanOliverWX) July 11, 2023
Montpelier Town Manager Bill Fraser warned that the Wrightsville Dam several miles to the north on the North Branch of the Winooski River could exceed capacity. That’s never happened before. https://t.co/i70B0UfGGj— KKCO 11 News (@KKCO11News) July 11, 2023
Montpelier, VT – July 11, 2023: Vermont’s Capital City is experiencing historic flooding with town’s Wrightsville Dam ready to crest and overflow – catastrophic danger possible. Prayers please, for all in VT . . . 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/tXWbyaoRVy— Joanna Maria St Cyr (@JoAnneR85286786) July 11, 2023
UPDATE: The police department said via Facebook at 11:30 a.m. that the water level had reached just one foot from the spillway, losing about five feet of storage capacity in less than eight hours. #vtwx https://t.co/rdQIyYfOJK— VTDigger (@vtdigger) July 11, 2023