Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself
Peggy ShinnCloth: $14.95
A Vermonter living in a flood-ravaged area herself, Shinn has used the intervening years to research and craft the backstory of Irene as a storm, examining its meteorological background and surveying its sociological effects on the entire state and beyond... Vermont’s long tradition of community support, hard work, and ingenuity was an immeasurable asset during Irene. I’m glad this story is being told because it is one that I saw with my own eyes.
Focusing on a few of the hardest hit villages, especially Rochester and Pittsfield in central Vermont and Wilmington in the south, she captures with you-are-there clarity the spectacular horror of the flashfloods that uprooted buildings and carried away cars, and then, in the weeks that followed, the inspiring ways that Vermonters banded together, took care of one another, and rebuilt the state. It’s absolutely riveting... It’s not merely a gripping account of the storm; it made me proud, once again, to be a Vermonter.
—Burlington Free Press
Peggy Shinn presents a riveting account of Tropical Storm Irene’s devastating toll on Vermont and the heroic response of its people. By weaving together vignettes of the disaster in communities across the state, she deftly portrays the Irene story: the pain of loss; the strength of community; and the fierce determination to rebuild. Shinn’s telling of the tragic yet transformational story of Vermont’s road to recovery presents a valuable lesson in what can happen when a fractured state becomes united by a common purpose.
—Sue Minter, Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer
PEGGY SHINN is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Ski Racing Magazine, Skiing, and Ski magazines, Fodor’s travel guidebooks, Vermont Life, and the U.S. Olympic Committee’s website, TeamUSA.org, among others. She lives in Rutland, Vermont.