Vermont Economy at a Glance

  • FY12 Budget Shortfall: $176 million, or 14%
    • One Family's Share: $1,132
  • Population: 621,760   Unemployment Rate: 6.2%   Poverty Rate: 9.4%
  • Median Household Income: $50,619
  • Potential Public Revenue from tax on natural resource extraction: $1,2 Billion / year
    • One Family's Share: $7,720 yearly
    • Currently collected by corporations tax-free
  • Cumulative Afghan & Iraq War Cost to Vermont:
    • $1,724,493,495 ...Not counting the cost of the illegal war in Libya!
    • One Family's Share: $11,904
Full Documentation on the Cost of War to Vermont families courtesy of CostOfWar.com.

Pictures from the Real Vermont

 

Here are some pictures from the REAL Vermont. We’re on our own, but are pulling together and helping each other as we always have, always will.

Full credit as below. Original post here… use the scrollbars…

Vermont Flood Hi-Res Gallery – August 2011

Photo credit: Lars Gange & Mansfield Heliflight
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Flooding Monday morning on Route 2 in Bolton, VT.

Flooding Monday morning on Route 2 in Bolton, VT.

Some people exit their property by canoe as they paddle past a submerged full-size truck.

A barn and equipment just off Route 2.

The VAST snowmobile bridge near Waterbury flexes as debris and water rush past.

The VAST snowmobile bridge near Waterbury flexes as debris and water rush past.

Route 2 on the approach into Waterbury. By 10am Monday water levels were dropping quickly in this area.

A submerged garage and vehicles just outside Waterbury, VT.

A diesel Chevy Suburban with a makeshift snorkel fords about 30" of water on Route 2 Monday morning.

Bill Lockwood of Charlotte, Vermont in his Suburban on US Route 2.

After the crossing water drained from all four doors.

Bill Lockwood talks with members of Bolton Valley Fire Dept on Monday.

Looking up the Winooski River just outside Richmond, VT on Wednesday after flood waters had receded.

US Route 2, Interstate 89 and the train tracks along the Winooski River.

A small hydro plant near Waterbury, VT on the Winooski River.

A destroyed ball field in Waterbury, VT on Wednesday.

A common sight while flying through central Vermont on Wednesday—cleaning out buildings that were swamped with the floods from Hurricane Irene.
This commercial building is in Waterbury.

Headed south on Route 100 from Middlesex. Notice the washed out bridge.

Another wet house along Route 100.

In Waitsfield, Vermont three structures are emptied of wet belongings on Wednesday.

Bountiful crops and fields destroyed by the flood in Waitsfield, VT.

Waitsfield, Vermont.

South on Route 100 a full-size truck is upside down in the River.

A covered bridge narrowly escaped destruction along Route 100.

A clean break in the road leaves this section of Route 100 impassible and abandoned.

Sections of Route 100 destroyed.

Destroyed land near Hancock, VT.

An ambulance makes its way across a recently repaired washout near Hancock, VT.

Cars and a tractor look like toys from the air as they are jumbled about and buried in sand and silt.

A destroyed house in Rochester, VT.

A destroyed house in Rochester, VT.

A makeshift walking bridge allows access to Route 100.

 

A sandpit at a golf course in central Vermont.

More destroyed highway along RT 100.

Near Pittsfield, VT.

A woman waves up as she works to clean and dry her home on Wednesday near Pittsfield, VT.

Near Pittsfield, VT.

A backhoe works to repair a huge washout just outside Pittsfield, VT.

A Bell Long Ranger lifts off from Pittsfield, VT on Wednesday.

More damage and a destroyed house along Route 100.

Route 100 near Killington, VT.

 

Killington Ski Area with a partially collapsed base lodge.

Collapsed base lodge at Killington Ski Area.

Collapsed base lodge at Killington Ski Area.

Collapsed base lodge at Killington Ski Area.

Behind this sign was a house for sale—no trace of it remains.

Route 4 / Route 100 South of Killington was impassible up until Wednesday morning where they opened it for two hours to allow people to leave only. It was quickly closed so work could resume on the road.

Route 4 / Route 100 South of Killington eaten up by fast flowing waters.

Route 4 / Route 100 South of Killington completely destroyed.

Route 4 / Route 100 South of Killington completely destroyed.

Route 4 / Route 100 South of Killington completely destroyed.

Route 4 / Route 100 South of Killington completely destroyed.

Wreckage and debris along RT100 / RT4.

The Irving gas station in West Bridgewater, VT consumed by flood waters.

The Irving gas station in West Bridgewater, VT consumed by flood waters.

A residence in West Bridgewater, VT.

Digging out from the floodwaters in West Bridgewater, VT.

Route 4 between Killington, VT and Mendon, VT.

Route 4 between Killington, VT and Mendon, VT. Huge chunks of highway had turned into 20′ cliffs.

Route 4 between Killington, VT and Mendon, VT. Huge chunks of highway had turned into 20′ cliffs.

Route 4 between Killington, VT and Mendon, VT.

Route 4 between Killington, VT and Mendon, VT completely destroyed.

Route 4 between Killington, VT and Mendon, VT completely destroyed.

Standing floodwater remained in the East Pittsford, Vermont area on Wednesday.

Standing floodwater remained in the East Pittsford, Vermont area on Wednesday.

Omya, in Florence, Vermont, quarries marble which is then ground, milled, and purified to produce a finely ground calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a necessary ingredient used in a wide array of consumer products ranging from paint and paper, to vinyl siding and diapers. (http://www.omyainvermont.org/)

Omya Marble Quarry approx 7 miles south of Brandon, VT.

Muddy river waters turned most of Lake Champlain the same color.


The new Ticonderoga bridge with Lake Champlain in the background.

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