Celebration and mourning in Vt. a year after Irene

August 29, 2012 - 2:35 AM
Irene Observances

In this Aug. 17, 2012 photo, Janet Lumbra looks over the remains of her home in East Granville, Vt. For some, there will be block parties and parades. For others, a moment of silence. Or it might be just another day of struggling to clean up the mess. But if there’s one unifying event to mark the first anniversary of Irene, it'll probably be the 30 seconds of ringing of bells in churches and town halls across Vermont that Gov. Peter Shumlin has requested for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, a year to the day after the storm changed Vermont forever.

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — Bells have been ringing across Vermont on the first anniversary of the remnants of Hurricane Irene, one of the greatest natural disasters to hit the state.

Many residents paused on Tuesday to reflect on how far the state has come since the storm.

Gov. Peter Shumlin requested 30 seconds of bell ringing by churches and town halls at 7 p.m.

The landlocked state suffered the worst damage along Irene's trail of destruction, which left more than 65 people dead from the Caribbean to Canada. The storm unleashed the worst flooding in recent memory in Vermont, killing six people, wiping out hundreds of homes and businesses and cutting off towns with miles of wiped-out roads and dozens of destroyed bridges.