Officials consider flooding Vermont's capital - CBS News
(AP) MONTPELIER, Vt. - A raging river swept a woman away, officials told hundreds of people to leave their homes and a utility considered flooding the state's capital to save a dam after Tropical Storm Irene dumped torrential rain on Vermont on Sunday.
Parts of downtown Brattleboro and Bennington were under water, as were several smaller communities. Evacuations were ordered around the state and shelters filled up.
"It's pretty fierce. I've Never seen anything like it," said Michelle Guevin, who spoke from a Brattleboro restaurant after being evacuated from her home in the Williamsville section of Newfane. She said her house was high enough to be OK, but the fast-moving Rock River was washing out the road that runs by it.
The capital city issued an Ominous Warning to residents: "A Major Emergency is on the horizon in Montpelier and is already occurring in other communities in the region."