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Vermont's Amazing Fall Colors -- Don't Let Hurricane Irene Spoil Your Trip!

Updated on April 24, 2019
Vermont Fall Foliage
Vermont Fall Foliage | Source

The State of Vermont has been the center of much of the news about Hurricane Irene. Flooding from the hurricane was especially devastating to Vermont because so many towns and roads are located along the riverbeds of steep, narrow valleys.

Irene Spared Higher Elevations -- Fall Colors Will Begin Soon

Northern Vermont is relatively more mountainous than the lower portion of the state. Although rainfall from Irene was severe statewide, flooding from runoff created more damage to towns and roads in the middle and southern portions of the state.

Fall colors are now beginning to arrive at the very highest elevations. Those planning travel to see Vermont's fall colors in the higher elevations will have very little impediment from damaged roads or bridges.

Most Vermont Roads Are Open
Most Vermont Roads Are Open | Source

Use These Online Tools to Plan Your Trip

Although many roads and bridges remain blocked from flood damage, most areas of the state are accessible via alternate routes. The following are helpful links that give:

Vermont Foliage in Irene's Aftermath

A number of the roads and bridges damaged from Hurricane Irene have been repaired and ready for travel. A forum has been established to provide very detailed information regarding the quality of roads connecting Vermont's areas of foliage. For specific information visit


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    • anndavis25 profile image


      9 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      It's always been a dream to visit Vermont. Lovely State

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      You probably can visualize people you met in Vermont who may have suffered through the hurricane. Thanks for your comment.

    • lmmartin profile image


      9 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      In the years I lived in Montreal, a fall drive through northern Vermont became a yearly tradition. (Not that the colors are not equally spectacular north of 49.) It's such a lovely state and the people are so very welcoming and friendly. I've watched their trials and tribulations following Irene with a heavy heart.

      In fact, there's something kind of perverse about sitting in Florida and watching Vermont and New Jersey suffer from a hurricane -- weird. Something is wrong -- very wrong. Thanks for a good read. Lynda

    • lundmusik profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tucson AZ

      well what a spoil sport,, sounds like something my wife would do :)

    • Eileen Goodall profile image

      Eileen Goodall 

      9 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      I've only been in one Hurricane, Hurricane Wilma, we were at DisneyWorld in Florida, barricaded in a very posh hotel, we were on the edge of it, I know it's not supposed to be exciting and it's very dangerous but still, I had my camera, I was off to find the storm - and my husband took the car keys away and he's bigger than me! Sad :(


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