Mayor's Update: Burlington's Response to the State of Emergency


Our community has fared relatively well during last night’s catastrophic weather event. I am grateful and relieved that our neighbors, public infrastructure, and local businesses in Burlington have largely been spared, and like you, I’m heartbroken by the devastating images of communities across Vermont still facing dangerously high floodwaters and likely, months and years of recovery and rebuilding efforts. 

Conditions in Burlington are stable and the City team continues to monitor for emerging issues, including impacts on our stormwater and wastewater systems, utilities, and conditions at the Winooski One Hydro Plant. As of now, no major impacts or damages to public infrastructure have been reported. However, the water level of the Winooski River remains high and this is a serious, sustained weather event. We continue to operate under a State of Emergency. 

It is incumbent on each of us to do what we can to avoid risk and ensure safety for the people around us, including for our first responders and road crews. I urge you to heed all road closures and all directions from state and local officials, including to stay away from the river banks, brooks, and streams where flash floods can happen quickly. If you are traveling to and from the City, pay careful attention for road closures and obstructions and do not attempt to walk or drive across moving floodwaters for any reason.  

I have been in touch with numerous state officials and municipal leaders and at my direction numerous City departments have extended offers of mutual aid to state agencies and other municipalities. Several members of the Burlington Fire Department have been deployed with the Urban Rescue Task Force since Sunday night and some Burlington Police Officers remain on call to assist with rescue if needed. The Burlington Electric Department has sent two trucks and three lineworkers to assist GMP.  

Below is a list of resources for ongoing emergency communications, and we will continue to share information about how to help Vermonters in need as that information becomes available.  

Burlington is doing what it can to support the emergency response now – and we will continue forward in solidarity and with generosity toward our neighbors in every way that we can in the long recovery ahead. That is the Burlington spirit. 

Stay safe,  

Miro  Weinberger

Mayor of Burlington


Report emerging but non-life-threatening issues to the City of Burlington through See-Click-Fix, such as power outages. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. If you are in need of shelter or other basic services call 2-1-1. 

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