Power returned to many communities by mid-morning today, but turning the lights on didn’t help matters in most cases. Although the flood waters are in most cases receding, they leave in their wake destruction of land and property. Trafalgar Square Farm was blessed to suffer minimally (in comparison) to other properties. Its tiny, tame stream–generally not much more than a pleasant, shallow, gurgle of fresh water that separates the lawn and paddocks from the pastures above, did swell to immense proportions, but luckily destroyed primarily footbridges and fence lines, rather than larger structures.

Our close neighbors of Killington and Strafford, while in opposite directions, both remain isolated by the road and water damage, necessitating emergency aid. The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA), of South Woodstock, the home of many of our local equestrian events, has suffered severe damage to its buildings, barns, and show grounds. Today they issued a release canceling the following popular September events:

100/60/40-Mile Ride (Sept. 2-4)

Horse Days Pleasure Rides (Sept. 2-4)

Fall Driving Classic (Sept. 10-11)

September Horse Trials (Sept. 17-18)

Lucinda Green Clinic (Oct. 5-6)

All September Members’ Days (12, 19, 26)

Events due to take place in October are TBD.

TSB author Jane Savoie shared this pic (by Stephanie Landvater). Stephanie's has 16 horses (and a broken foot), so her husband waded out in flood waters up to his neck, found the lead mare, and the rest of the herd followed them to high ground–see the horses in the background (Williston, Vermont).