Irene-page-photo-e1372360650902 300sqFlooding is a reality in the Connecticut River basin. Flood damage has become more common and more costly – but it doesn’t have to be that way. We have learned how to be ready for the next big storm and reduce unnecessary destruction.

These videos are part of a new State of Vermont web site that will help communities prepare for and minimize flood damage and qualify for post-disaster funding. The site is filled with information from experts about making infrastructure and property more flood resilient.

Visit to get prepared.




This ‘After the Flood’ four-part video series offers science-based information about flood resiliency and how rivers behave. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and CRC would like to thank those who helped in the creation of these four films, including Gov. Howard Dean, Riverbank Media, Lighthawk, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Natural Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Douglas Perkins, LPCTV, PEGTV and the Windham Regional Commission.


These final two videos show good news stories about what went right during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. They were produced with CLF and supported by the High Meadows Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Larger culverts, including near the headwaters of the West River high in the Green Mountain National Forest on Jenny Coolidge Brook still stood after Tropical Storm Irene. These culverts prevented erosion and other costly flood damage, while others near it failed.

Why did Otter Creek in Rutland leap up as Irene struck, increasing in flow by nearly 20 times in the space of a little more than a day, while downstream in Middlebury the river rose much more gradually and more safely?