Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds

Press Release

Valley Reporter



Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites

In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds



Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is conducting a flood study in the area along the Mad River, the Winooski River, and Thatcher Brook in the towns of Duxbury, Fayston, Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury. The purpose of the study is to 1) develop flood inundation data, 2) identify key vulnerable infrastructure, and 3) identify treatment options for these vulnerable sites. The study is a direct result of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.  It will help guide redevelopment and lead to mitigation actions to reduce risks to public safety and infrastructure in the future.  The inundation data will help the communities in a variety of ways:

  • Understand the extent of flood inundation from various storm events;
  • Support flood risk analysis related to mitigation and planning;
  • Explore “What if” scenarios in support of preparedness;
  • Provide timely response based on real time gauge and forecast information;
  • Support damage assessment related to recovery efforts; and
  • Support Environmental and Ecological Assessments – wetlands identification and hazardous spill cleanup.


CVRPC has contracted with Dubois & King Inc. of Randolph, Vermont to perform the study.  The field work is substantially complete and the preliminary inundation data has been gathered.  Using the data, CVRPC has created maps identifying the vulnerable infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, utilities, homes, businesses, etc.) located in the most vulnerable sites, at the 10, 25 and 50 year flood profiles.  CVRPC is presenting this information to the community during the next two weeks.  We are interested in receiving feedback from the community on identifying the priority sites (the most vulnerable sites). We are combining meetings between the seven communities in the flood study area.   You are invited and encouraged to attend your community meeting. We look forward to your participation and insight.  The Community Meeting schedule is posted below.  This project is funded by a VCDP grant awarded by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in the amount of $62,250.


Fayston and Waitsfield:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room

Waitsfield Town Offices

4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT  05673



Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Warren Town Hall, Top Floor meeting space

413 Main Street, Warren, VT 05674


Duxbury and Moretown:

Friday, April 14, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Moretown Town Hall

1147 Route 100B, Moretown, VT 05660


Waterbury and Middlesex:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Steele Community Room

Waterbury Municipal Offices

28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT


For more information contact Laura Ranker, Emergency Management Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

29 Main Street, Suite 4

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone:  (802) 229-0389