Vermont National Guard delivering aid, Hurrican Irene
Adam Gerlack of The Vermont National Guard delivering food aid in Pittsfield, VT. 

We send our best to all affected up here in flood-ravaged Vermont, which now has been declared a Federal Disaster Area. Tropical Storm Irene has caused devastating damage to our area in the worst flooding since 1927. Nancy and I and our families are all safe, and we have power, water, food, and shelter, but many have lost their homes or their homes have suffered major damage.

Towns and cities are cut off as bridges are lost, roadways have been affected, some for many miles. On NBC news this morning, it was reported that the town of Killington is opening a road temporarily so tourists, who have been stranded on the mountain since Saturday, can get back home (some to flood-damaged homes in NJ and elsewhere).

Nancy and I have always supported the American Red Cross in times of national disaster, and now we will be doing the same for our own Vermont state chapter.

Donations can be made to the Vermont and New Hampshire Valley Red Cross.

Many have seen the passionate video on the storm from Jim Cantore, of The Weather Channel.

Our entire state thanks all who have volunteered. There are many people stranded, with no access to food or water. FEMA is here and we are also being helped by the Ohio National Guard, which has sent 10 helicopters to assist in evacuation and emergency supply distribution. More helicopters and assets are being sent here today. 

There is ongoing national coverage of the effects we have from Irene.