Ted Williams's Blog Archive 2012

Flood Resiliency in Bennington

A town-state partnership to begin avoiding hazards*

Pre-Irene
The Roaring Branch is a tributary to the Walloomsac River which flows in Woodford and Bennington, Vermont. It becomes a tremendously dynamic and powerful force at times of flood, delivering an astounding volume of boulder, cobble and woody debris into the urbanized area of Bennington. For 150 years or more, this municipality and its residents have struggled with the river, attempting to confine and control it with a system of earthen berms and structural levees.