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Friday, April 19, 2019

Report Period: 4/18/2019 07:00 to 4/19/2019 07:00

Vermont State Emergency Operations Center Status - MONITORING


  • National Weather Service (NWS):
    • NWS Burlington - Flood Watch in Effect for all of Vermont from 6pm today through 12pm Sunday.
      • Lake Champlain: The current "average" level of Lake Champlain is approximately 99.5 feet. The lake level will likely approach or exceed its 100 foot flood level by this weekend or early next week. Additional rainfall and snow melt within the Lake Champlain drainage basin through this weekend bolsters confidence in this occurring. Therefore, anyone with interests along Lake Champlain should be planning and/or preparing for higher lake levels for late this week and beyond.
      • River levels are running high and soil conditions are moist from recent rainfall across the area. With this in mind, the threat of additional rainfall and continued snow melt in central-northern Vermont will mean an increased threat of flooding late today into this weekend. 
      • Today through Saturday: A slow moving, elongated system will bring a general 1 to 2" of rainfall across northern NY this afternoon through Saturday morning, with 0.5" to 1.25" expected across Vermont tonight through Saturday.
      • There will be localized "banding" of heavier rainfall at times, possibly into northern Vermont, where localized storm total rainfall amounts could exceed 2 inches.
      • Potential impacts: Numerous to widespread field, stream, and minor river flooding is a strong possibility Saturday into Sunday, especially northern and possibly central sections with a few rivers possibly reaching moderate flood stage, largely due to rainfall and excessive snow melt. 
      • In those areas where localized "banding" rainfall occurs, significant flooding is possible with potential flash flooding tonight through Saturday, especially over the higher terrain.
      • In southern Vermont: Stream, field and minor river flooding will likely be scattered in nature due to little available snow melt. However, there is the possibility of a heavier rain band during Saturday afternoon which may cause additional issues.
      • Some of the larger rivers that may experience minor flooding or greater include: Passumpsic, Wells, Winooski, Otter Creek, Lamoille, Missisquoi and Connecticut.
    • NWS Albany - Flood Watch & Flash Flood Watch continues for all of eastern New York and western New England for tonight and into the weekend.
      • Heavy rainfall and possible flooding is expected tonight through this weekend.
      • The combination of melting snow in the southern Green Mountains, heavy rainfall and already saturated soils will lead to a risk for river flooding and possible flash flooding beginning tonight.
  • The predicted fire danger for Vermont is LOW.


  • None reported.


  • The following presidentially declared federal disasters remain open for Vermont:
    • DR1995 –Severe storms and flooding, 4/23/11 through 5/9/11;
    • DR4001 –Severe storms and flooding, 05/26/11 through 05/27/11;
    • DR4022 –Tropical Storm Irene on 8/28/11;
    • DR4140 –Severe storms and flooding, 6/25/13 through 7/11/13;
    • DR4232 --Severe storms and flooding, 6/9/15;
    • DR4330 –Severe storms and flooding, 6/28/17 through 7/1/17;
    • DR4356 –Severe storms and flooding, 10/29/17 through 10/30/17;
    • DR4380 –Severe storms and flooding, 05/04/18 through 05/05/18.
  • A federal disaster declaration was requested on 01/04/19 for the severe winter storm of 11/26/18 through 11/28/18.

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