June 17, 2008 Storm in Richford, Vermont

In the afternoon of June 17, 2008 the towns of Richford and Montgomery experienced a cloudburst that flooded and damaged several roads.

In addition to rain the storm left several inches accumulation of pea-sized hail. The hail shredded a lot of foliage. When I went home that afternoon most of the hail had melted but there were still little piles here and there.

In Richford, Corliss Road (aka Dump Road) was most affected. Here are some pictures.

The panoramic images were created with the free Autostitch program. The image warping technique that Autostitch uses introduces a bend in the middle of a long panoramic.

Normally I crop an Autostitched image to remove the black edges. I didn't crop these images in order to get this page up quicker.

Levi Carpenter took some pictures during the storm.

This is the Carpenters' deck covered with hail and shredded leaves:

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The Carpenters' have three tiers of ponds that feed one into another. Mark's careful plumbing was overwhelmed:

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This is the first washout I encountered on my way home that afternoon. Note the hail to the left.

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A closeup of the washout:

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A closeup of the hail:

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Another long washout:

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Of particular concern to me was the pond on a neighboring lot. The pond overflowed and wrecked a newly resurfaced driveway:

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The most damage was at Jack Ward's cabin where the road washed out entirely, marooning some people on the other side. The Richford road crew was already on the job when I got there. They'd filled in one lane with dirt scraped from the road and left the other half open to be filled in the next day:

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This is the half of the washout the road crew left open:

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The stream that caused the big washout used to meander through a wooded area behind Jack's cabin's back yard. Something happened during the storm and the stream now flows down a trail that is several feet above the old streambed. Now the stream flows across Jack's cabin's backyard:

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Another view:

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