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Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience After Irene
Tropical Storm Irene roared into Vermont in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 while many were still asleep. By morning, it was pouring up to 10 inches of rain onto the spine of the tiny state’s Green Mountains. Twelve hours later Irene was gone, but in many towns the destruction was nearly total - and many small communities were completely cut off from the outside world. What happened next was not what you might think. Not only did the people in these tiny outposts and isolated communities work together to rescue the stranded and begin rebuilding roads, salvaging what they could from debris, but they rediscovered collective bonds of strength and resiliency that lie within all of us.
From Wilmington to Waterbury, the Deerfield River to Lake Champlain, the storm transformed Vermont. And in the following months, Vermonters themselves.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will be split evenly among the following three charities:
-The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund, providing grants to small businesses statewide affected by the flooding in partnership with the Central Vermont Community Action Council -The Mobile Home Project Fund, a relief fund benefiting many of Vermont's most vulnerable residents with picking up and rebuilding after floodwaters wreaked havoc in mobile home parks across the state. -The Rutland Relief fund, which benefits Rutland-area residents who were hurt by flooding.
About the Author
Yvonne Daley lives in Rutland, Vermont, where she is director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference, and San Francisco, where she is a professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University.
Praise for Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience After Irene…
A very important book. Like some of the documentation that came out of Katrina in New Orleans, and 9/11 in New York, it shows what people of all kinds are capable of in extreme circumstances.