On August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rain and historic flooding to Vermont. The storm stranded thousands behind washed out roads, destroyed dozens of homes, and changed the landscape of Vermont.
The below stories represent a guided tour of VPR's ongoing coverage of Tropical Storm Irene.
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March 11, 2013
It's been more than 18 months since Tropical Storm Irene. For most Vermonters, including many who experienced it firsthand, the storm is no longer a part of their lives and daily conversations. But for those who lost houses, Irene is still very present.
December 11, 2012
It's been more than a year since Jon Graham and Beth Frock lost their home to Tropical Storm Irene, and their life since then has taken on the feel of a Samuel Beckett play.
August 21, 2012
By the time Tropical Storm Irene swept through Vermont, more than 3,500 homes were either heavily damaged or completely destroyed by the storm. One of the houses totally wiped away by Irene belonged to Jon Graham and Beth Frock of Rochester.
May 31, 2012
In the months since Tropical Storm Irene hit last August, we've been checking in periodically with Jon Graham and Beth Frock of Rochester. The couple and their two daughters' home was destroyed in the flooding. They lost nearly everything, and Jon, who was in the house when it collapsed, was lucky to get out alive.
March 12, 2012
For Jon Graham and Beth Frock, the trauma from losing their home of 15 years, and the physical danger they faced when Tropical Storm Irene hit not only lingers but poses emotional and psychological roadblocks that crop up unexpectedly on the path to recovery.
January 10, 2012
Jon Graham, Beth Frock and their two daughters, Rhianna and Chloe, lost their home when floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene eroded the land underneath their home, collapsing it. Since then, the family has been navigating the painfully slow process of dealing with the financial as well as emotional fallout.
December 30, 2011
VPR's Mitch Wertlieb checks in with the Graham-Frock family again, and speaks with 16-year-old high school senior Rhianna Graham-Frock about what life has been like for her since Irene took the family's home.
November 21, 2011
For Vermonters hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene, the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday comes with mixed emotions. Jon Graham and Beth Frock of Rochester certainly have much to be thankful for, especially since Jon escaped uninjured when his house collapsed around him on August 28th.
October 24, 2011
Jon Graham and Beth Frock, whose Rochester home was destroyed by a brook that overran its banks during Tropical Storm Irene, are coping with the long road to recovery.
October 03, 2011
Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the home of Beth Frock and Jon Graham of Rochester. The couple is coping with a tremendous upheaval to their lives, and they've recently learned insurance won't pay for the damages.
September 26, 2011
It's now been one month since raging Tropical Storm Irene floodwater decimated their house at the edge of Rochester village, and Jon Graham and Beth Frock think their story illustrates the challenges faced by people in the flood zone.
September 01, 2011
A number of Vermont communities were cut off from the rest of the state in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. At this point, all have been reconnected to the outside world to varying degrees. VPR's Steve Zind has this look at how one of those towns dealt with the challenge of going it alone in the immediate aftermath of the flooding. More: Irene Floods Rip Open Cemetery In Rochester
|Friday, August 26, 2011||Officials Ask Vermonters To Prepare For Hurricane Irene|
|Vt. Prepares As Hurricane Heads North|
|Saturday, August 27, 2011||Red Cross And Town Storm Shelters Open|
|Sunday, August 28, 2011||Rain Spreads Across Region As Irene Moves Closer|
|Shumlin Declares State Of Emergency|
|Irene Road Flooding Begins; Emergency Crews Dispatched|
|S. Vt. Evacuations Start, Roads Flood From Irene Rains|
|I-91 And More Roads Closed Across State As Irene Rain Pours|
|Irene Sweeps Flooding, Havoc Across Vermont|
|Catastrophic Floods From Irene Sweep Breadth Of Vermont|
|Irene's Widespread Damage Compared to '73, '27 Floods|
|Threat To Marshfield Dam From Floodwaters Eases|
|Monday, August 29, 2011||State Reports 50,000 Without Power After Irene|
|Vermont Flooding Spares Few In Statewide Disaster|
|Shumlin: "We're Going To Be Digging Out For A Long Time"|
|Brattleboro Officials Still Assessing Flood Damage|
|Nearly Every Major Vermont Highway Damaged|
|Transportation Secretary Says Road Damage Devastating|
|Power Restoration Could Take Weeks|
|280 Vermonters In Red Cross Shelters|
|Emergency Officials Concerned About State Office Complexes|
|Flooding And Damage Widespread In Irene's Wake|
|Updated List Of Road Closings|
|Three Deaths Linked To Storm, One Person Missing|
|Montpelier Officials Use Facebook Updates During Storm|
|Storm Leaves Vermonters Stranded And Cleaning Up|
|Update Of Storm Devastation|
|Tuesday, August 30, 2011||Shumlin To Tour State With FEMA Director|
|Emergency Management Faces Technical Challenges|
|Grafton Down To Single Road Out Of Village|
|Wilmington Reeling From Flood Damage|
|Officials Recommend Professional Clean-Up For Spilled Fuel Oil|
|Roads Re-Open But Travel Still Difficult|
|Emergency Bypass Under Construction On Route 4|
|FEMA Teams To Inspect Vermont Yankee|
|Unsecured Propane Tanks Present Hazards|
|Wilmington Isolated From Supplies|
|In Newfane, Vermonters Struggle To Get Home|
|Many Covered Bridges Destroyed In Flooding|
|Grafton Working To Repair Roads|
|400 Stranded At Killington Resort|
|The After-Effects Of Irene|
|In Irene's Wake|
|Thirteen VT Towns Isolated After Storm|
|FEMA Supplies Being Distributed|
|VT Agency Of Transportation Works to Establish Communication With Isolated Communities|
|Rutland Water Supply Affected By Flooding|
|Curiosity Seekers Hampering Road Crews|
|Crews Work To Rebuild Road To Mendon|
|Repairing Bridges Damaged By Irene Pose Challenges|
|Wednesday, August 31, 2011||Vermont Rebounds From Irene|
|Wilmington Picks Up After Storm|
|One Vermont Town Still Left Isolated By Irene|
|Storm Takes Toll On Weathersfield|
|Flood Control Dam Helps Contain Deluge In Springfield|
|FEMA Administrator, Shumlin Tour State By Air|
|National Guard Reaches Wardsboro|
|Vermont After Irene|
|Northfield Businesses Work To Stay Open|
|Vermonters Pitching In To Help Their Neighbors|
|National Guard Moves Supplies Into Wilmington|
|Towns Deal With Water Issues After Storm|
|State Works To Make Access Roads Passable|
|State Offices Flooded, But Some Services Continue|
|VNA Works To Locate Sick, Elderly Patients|