2011 River Street flood

On April 27, 2011, the Lamoille River flooded at the intersection of River Street (U.S. Route 7) and Cherry Street in Milton.

On April 27, 2011, a decade ago this week, River Street (U.S. Route 7) was flooded at the foot of Cherry Street in Milton.

The flooding of the Lamoille River was caused by snowmelt and record rainfall throughout the month of April, according to the Vermont State Climate Office's 2011 Climate Impact Summary. The rainfall across northern Vermont was 3-5 inches above the average monthly total. 

The heaviest rainfall event was thunderstorms during the late afternoon of April 26 into the early morning hours of April 27. Milton residents that evening found River Street Park completely flooded and U.S. Route 7 impassable. 

The same area was also flooded in the Great Flood of 1927, when the rise up Cherry Street was known as Tannery Hill. Only a few of the houses in the photos below survived.

Staff Writer Bridget Higdon contributed reporting. 

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