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One person died after the state was inundated by days of heavy rain that flooded rivers to some of their highest levels on record.

A powerful storm dumped as much as nine inches of rain on parts of Vermont this week, causing at least one death and leaving residents of the state capital and small mountain towns to grapple with some of the worst destruction the state has ever experienced.
The death came on Wednesday, after skies had already cleared across the state, Vermont officials said: A 63-year-old man died in a drowning accident at his home in Barre, a small city near Montpelier, the capital.
Here’s what to know about the flooding:
The storm first struck New York State on Sunday, with one death there attributed to fast-moving floodwaters. In less than four hours, more than seven inches of rain fell at West Point. Service was suspended on Monday on several train lines in the state, including Metro-North’s Hudson and Harlem lines, because of washouts and fallen trees, mud and boulders blocking the tracks.
The storm system then moved north into New England, causing severe flooding and forcing hundreds of people in Vermont to evacuate their homes.
At least two of Vermont’s rivers — the Winooski, which runs through Montpelier, and the Lamoille — surpassed the levels they reached during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
The flooding shut down major roads and state highways, and city officials in Montpelier issued an emergency order on Tuesday temporarily closing the flooded downtown area.
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