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Post-Irene Information for the VLS Community


Photo Essay - Irene and Aftermath

Please send photos to John Cramer at jcramer@vermontlaw.edu. Photos may not be copied without express permission from Vermont Law School or the photographer.

Overview: In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, hundreds of VLS students, staff and faculty volunteered in the community at tasks ranging from shoveling mud out of houses and collecting donations of cash, clothes and household items to helping residents fill out FEMA applications. VLS also established a relief fund to help its students, staff and faculty whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm.


1. Chris Foy '12 forks mud and water-logged hay from a South Royalton resident's barn flooded by the White River. Credit: Valley News - Polina Yamshchikov


2. VLS staffer and state Rep. Sarah Buxton coordinates volunteers with Tunbridge Fire Chief John Durkee. Credit: Herald -Tim Calabro http://photo.ourherald.com/


3. J.P. Isabelle '11 empties mud from a home in South Royalton. Credit: Herald - Tim Calabro http://photo.ourherald.com/


4. Jennie Demjanik '13 and Sara Li '13 remove water-logged sheetrock from a South Royalton house. Credit: Herald - Tim Calabro http://photo.ourherald.com/


5. Marissa Knodel '13 helps sort out music equipment that was salvageable in South Royalton School. Credit: Herald - Zach Nelson http://photo.ourherald.com/


6. VLS staffers Cindy Wiegand, Jenny Thomas and Suzanne Todd helped collect clothes for Irene victims.


7. Janssen Willhoit '13 helped organize volunteers at a shelter at the Vermont Technical College.


8. James Olaleye '13 cleans up storm damage at South Royalton School.

9. Katie Thomas '13 and Justin Kjolseth '13 take a break from volunteering.



10. Jeff Fucci '14, Carissa Wong '12, Peter Dysart '14 and Molly Gray '14 (left to right) helped South Royalton residents.


11. VLS students, staff and faculty who volunteered got coated in mud during the Irene cleanup.


12. Building and Grounds staffer Will Hastings pumps out the basement of the Kirsch House, which was damaged by floodwaters.


13. Ry Meyer '13 clears debris from South Royalton School.


14. Sections of North Windsor and the old iron bridge near VLS were damaged in the storm.


15. The White River's floodwaters reached up to touch the Chelsea Street bridge, which normally has about 20 feet clearance.


16. The Oakes Hall parking lots were buried in floodwaters, mud, and debris by the storm-swollen White River.


17. Tree limbs and other debris smashed into the old iron bridge along North Windsor near VLS.