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September 22, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

As records dry out, town offices regroup

Article originally appeared on www.rutlandherald.com on September 22, 2011 and was written by Jenna Pizzi.

When Tropical Storm Irene drenched Vermont last month, homes, businesses and roads weren’t the only things in its path.

Many town offices were flooded, leaving a few vaults filled with dirty river water, drenching land and vital records.

In Moretown, for example, the vault filled with 5½ feet of water, according to Town Clerk Cherilyn Lamson.

Stockbridge and Waterbury also had water pool in their vaults.

“We really need to check and see if there is a flood-proof vault door,” said Catherine Brown, Stockbridge’s town clerk.

While Waterbury was able to recover its records fairly quickly, Stockbridge and Moretown were not so lucky. Those towns had to send mounds of paper to be frozen and freeze-dried. [link to full article]

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