Here is an update of road conditions and relief efforts in the Chimney Hill and Wilmington, Vermont area as of Monday, September 5, 2011. Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont on Sunday, August 28, causing widespread flooding. Wilmington was one of the hardest hit areas in the state.
Access in and out of the area is still limited. It is hoped that at least one lane on Route 9 from Bennington will be open by the end of the week (bridge above the Woodford School) and Route 9 from Brattleboro is still being worked on below Marlboro and only open to emergency and relief vehicles at this time. As of this writing the Route 9 Bridge in Wilmington has limited vehicle access and foot traffic is prohibited.
You can get to Chimney Hill via Route 2 in Greenfield to Route 112 and then route 100. You will need to take Route 100 north in Wilmington to Cold Brook Road and then gain access to Chimney Hill via Mann Road (past the Haystack golf course) to upper Ray Hill Road which will bring you to the upper end of Haystack Road. Because the Town has been busy putting the infrastructure back in order in the downtown area many roads in Chimney Hill still are one lane with steep drop offs on the sides, please use caution when getting around the Hill and local areas. We have been told that the Town will begin road work in Chimney Hill this week. Chimney Hill will begin contacting those owners who have experienced driveway washouts this week with estimates on repairs. Driveways repairs may take some time as materials for repairs are limited.
It is amazing how much has been done in a week. Hundreds of volunteers worked around the clock to clean out the downtown area. Our maintenance department assisted in these efforts helping the Wilmington Water Department in getting their system back in order and removing piles of debris from the downtown area. We also assisted the Chamber in relocating their offices to the Split Ends building (up the street from the Town offices).
There is much that still needs to be done and we all want our town to recover from this devastating flood and return our area to the great place we have all come to enjoy, and it will.
As many of you have offered your assistance of help the following relief sites have been established and are accepting donations. We have been assured that all of the sites listed will use all of the monies donated for the local community. When and if you make a donation please let them know that you are a Chimney Hill owner.
Specific Local Funds:
FOR TOWN INFRASTRUCTURE: The Town of Wilmington has set up a Flood Relief Fund. To make donations please make out checks to "Town of Wilmington Flood Relief Fund" and mail to Town of Wilmington, PO Box 217, Wilmington, VT 05363. This fund is to be used to help the Town defer our costs to rebuild infrastructure. Donations are tax deductible and you will receive an acknowledgement by mail.
FOR WILMINGTON SMALL BUSINESSES: Wilmington VT Flood Relief. Unfortunately, flood insurance and FEMA rarely give support to businesses that lose inventory or equipment. This relief fund, with coordination through the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club and Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce, has been set up to help offset any replacement costs or repair expenses. PayPal donations link at the website. They are working on getting 501c3 status and will update accordingly. All donations will be dispersed to local Wilmington businesses exclusively.
FOR FAMILIES: Deerfield River Valley Human Web. www.drvhumanweb.com
These funds will be used to help affected families anywhere along the Deerfield River path. People will be able to apply for grants from this fund to help displaced renters, people who have lost work and jobs because of the flooding, lost furniture, etc. A website with more information will be set up soon. For now, checks made out to "Deerfield River Valley Human Web" can be sent to the fund at 14 Castle Hill Road, Wilmington, VT 05363.
One of our own, a Chimney Hill staff member, also had flood damage to their home in Wilmington center. Although somewhat covered by insurance they lost many of their personal items and have expenses not covered by insurance. If you wish to make a donation please send your check to: Chimney Hill Owners Association, P.O. Box 415, Wilmington, Vermont 05363. Checks should be made out to Chimney Hill and include in the memo section "Staff Relief".
In lieu of monetary donations:
Furniture, small appliances, etc. - Wahoo Eatery Flood Relief - contact Adam Grinold (802) 780-7828.
Clothing and "Stuff" - Twice Blessed, (802) 464-7500. Clean and in good shape clothing and household items can be dropped off at 716 Route 100 North, Wilmington.
Food Donations - Deerfield Valley Food Pantry - non-perishable food donations accepted. Open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily at 7 Church Street, Wilmington (802) 464-0148.
Time heals all and this will hold true for our area. With your help homes, roads, infrastructure and businesses will be reconstructed and our great corner of Vermont will be open for business as usual.
The concerns and generosity of our membership is overwhelming and all of us in the local community thank you for your past and future support.
I will keep updating the membership as developments warrant.
Ken Spicer Executive Director Chimney Hill Owners Association, Inc.