Dot's Restaurant Rebuilding After Irene

07/17/12 6:06AM

AP/Matthew Cavanaugh
A sign is taped to the door of Dot's Restaurant in downtown Wilmington. The restaurant was severely damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. Rebuilding is taking place across town, with restaurants, an inn and businesses reopening.

Rebuilding is happening all across the Vermont ski town of Wilmington, which was hard hit by Tropical Storm Irene in August.

Restaurants, an inn and businesses are reopening, and renovations have been completed on a badly flooded church.

And what some say is the heart of this southern Vermont community, Dot's Restaurant, is being rebuilt. Owners John and Patty Reagan hope to reopen in November.

On Tuesday, a crane is scheduled to lift the building that dates to 1832 off its foundation. The owners plan to raise the foundation and make other changes to flood-proof the building.

The entire project is expected to cost $800,000, and the Reagans are taking out a loan and need to raise $275,000 to get the renovations done.

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