Emma Cotton

Gov. Phil Scott speaks about statewide flooding during a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

After flooding returns to Vermont, state officials assess the damage

Governor: ‘Seeing homes and businesses surrounded by water once again has been heartbreaking’

Vermont officials began assessing damage Tuesday after several inches of rain fell on many parts of the state the day before, flooding towns, closing roads and prompting several rescues.

Following July's devastating floods, the rain caused widespread anxiety as state and local officials watched rivers jump their banks, in some cases flooding businesses and basements. By Tuesday afternoon, most waterways had receded, though many remained swollen.

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Disease that affects beech trees has arrived in southern Vermont

Beech leaf disease - confirmed in Vernon and Dummerston - is caused by invasive nematodes that spread in the tree's leaves

For the first time in Vermont, officials with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation have confirmed the presence of a disease that infects the leaves of beech trees. Beech leaf disease, which was confirmed earlier this month in Vernon and, more recently, in Dummerston, is caused by...

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Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee continues at full speed

But with a court taking storage in Texas off the table, the former nuclear plant’s spent fuel will ‘sit where it’s been sitting for some time,’ NorthStar CEO says

On Oct. 10, a giant yellow machine called a "concrete cracker" turned a building at the former Vermont Yankee nuclear plant into rubble. Workers have been deconstructing the building, which formerly housed a steam turbine, for several weeks. It was one component of the boiling-water reactor system that, at...

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A sign of spring: Officials warn motorists to mind the migration of frogs and salamanders

Mud season has begun in Vermont, but soil isn't the only thing that's thawing. So, too, are the amphibians. As species wake from their winter sleep - and, in some cases, soften from a fully frozen state - wood frogs, peepers, a variety of salamanders and other critters begin moving toward ponds or vernal pools to breed. Often, their journey becomes dangerous as they cross roads in search of wetter climes. To guard against calamity, environmental groups around the state...

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Hydro-Québec to buy Great River Hydro

Hydro-Québec, a large-scale hydropower company based in Canada from which Vermont draws a significant portion of its electricity, plans to purchase 13 generating stations and three storage reservoirs in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. A subsidiary, HQI US Holding LLC, announced its plan on Oct. 12 to purchase Great River Hydro LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, for $2 billion. Great River Hydro, based in Westborough, Massachusetts, operates dams, power stations, and storage reservoirs along the Deerfield and Connecticut...

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