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VT flooding exceeds 1938


[Governor Shumlin] described conditions as "probably the toughest flooding that we've seen in the state of Vermont in our history."

"You've got to remember that Vermont is a lot of beautiful mountains with valleys and small brooks that run into bigger rivers," Shumlin said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

"Our small brooks have crested (but) our larger rivers have not -- so we know there's more trouble ahead." ...

Many areas of the state remained under flood warnings Monday, with the National Weather Service reporting continued record flooding in some locations.

For instance, Otter Creek in Rutland, Vermont, went from a depth of less than 4 feet Sunday morning to more than 17 feet at 1:45 a.m. Monday -- nearly 4 feet higher than the record set in 1938, according to the National Weather Service. While it was falling Monday morning, it was still 8 feet above flood stage.

Shumlin said additional flooding problems were likely as water poured out of smaller streams into larger rivers.

CNN iReporter Andrew Cliver had been through a hurricane before, but he said Vermont's mountainous terrain amplified the effects of Irene's rains.

"Because it's so mountainous here, the water all drains into these little creeks and rivers with a rushing force that's powerful enough to move buildings that have been standing for 100 years," he said.

Unlike many states, Vermont did not order or suggest evacuations. Many of the state's towns are in lowlands and there are few large areas of dry land, so large-scale evacuations are impractical, Shumlin said.

Or worse than 1927.