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Vermonters mull rerouting rivers after Irene

November 27, 2011
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RUTLAND, Vt.—Vermonters are finding some rivers rerouted by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene, and it not clear whether putting them back on their original path is the best idea.

The Burlington Free Press ( http://bfpne.ws/tL4c9O) says the issue has come up in several places. North of Rutland, the East Creek was clogged with mounds of debris which some residents fear will cut off the road and threaten three dams and the Chittenden Reservoir with the next heavy rain.

Local residents who led Gov. Peter Shumlin on a tour of the storm-altered creek recently asked him to clear out the debris and fix the creek that Irene rerouted.

But Todd Menees, a state river management engineer, urges caution. Menees says clearing the way in one spot could cause further damage downstream by increasing the river's flow.

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