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A family- and community- comes together in Vermont

It is feeling very much like fall in Winchester this weekend, with back to school activities in full swing and the weather noticeably cooler- a nice break from all the weather that the northeast had endured this past summer. This post from Shanahan Real Estate Group is contributed by Nan- enjoy! I recently traveled to Vermont for a family reunion, a trip that included most of my six siblings. My brother Peter lives in Barnard, Vermont and had invited us to come to his home for the occasion. Barnard is about ten miles north of Woodstock and south of Killington. During Tropical Storm Irene, this area was crushed by roaring rivers of water that surged down the hill and valleys of these small towns. Bridges were washedout, roads collapsed and people were left stranded and homeless.

Witnessing the destruction from Irene

The Sullivan family surveying the damage in Barnard, VT

The trip itself was tricky and I cant believe we actually got there with all of the destruction. Arriving three days after Irene, we saw the amazing and terrifying power of Mother Nature. More importantly, we saw the overwhelming kindness and community spirit of a small town that got together and helped their fellow neighbors. Every available piece of machinery- all privately owned- participated in the community clean up long before FEMA started to arrive. It was like stepping back to a slowerand more caring place in time. As we see in so often: out of tragedy and devastation comes something good. It will be a while for these Vermonters to repair the destruction and they will never forget Irene and neither will I. (It was also a great bonding experience for my family!)

Family Reunion in Vermont

The Sullivan family surveying the damage in Barnard, VT

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