Flood of '11:
The Crane; The Crane

We've all seen this image. By the end of the day today, this building will be gone. Sheila hopes to be back in business in a new location very soon!


A 200 Ton Crane
Will Be Moving This Building

One Town-Sanctioned Videographer Will Be Capturing and Sharing the Footage


 A 200 ton crane will be moving the Brandon House of Pizza to a less-dangerous spot, allowing Sheila Gearwar and her crew to remove as many pieces of equipment and assets that she can recover. John Vafias, owner of the building and long-time BHOP owner, is in town as well.


The building will then be destroyed (ok, Irene already destroyed it but you know what we mean). If all goes according to the plan, the building will be gone by 6 pm today. While we all want to watch the action, the PD will be restricting public access to the area for safety purposes so the public will not be able to view the action. Please let the emergency personnel do their work and don't get in their way. One town-sanctioned videographer will be capturing and sharing the footage. 



  • Neshobe gym will have disaster clean up kits available for pick up sometime this afternoon.
  • Transfer station hours: today 12-6, Fri & Sat 8-3  Tuesday 10-3 and next Wed 8-3. 
  • Addison County Solid Waste will be available for large quantities call  388-2333 for details.
  • Thanks to Lothrop School and Pittsford Fire Dept and all volunteers for your help during the crisis.
  • Document damage  limited town office services at the Brandon Fire Station 247-5721.


At the Brandon Selectboard meeting 8.31.11:
  • Bridge inspectors should be in town this morning and town officials are hoping for a green light. If all goes well, Markowski will pave Friday and Route 7 could potentially open by Friday night (editor's note: just in time for the BAG opening and the Community Gathering / Fundraiser Concert in the Park!)

  • When the road is paved and re-opened, it will be in a slightly different place than it was last week. Please use caution and drive carefully. It will still look like a construction zone.

  • Steve Beck, Town Economic Development Officer, will be coordinating with Markowski's to preserve as much downtown parking as possible.  

  • There are folks in Brandon who are just barely better off than "stranded." Cobb Hill Road (off High Pond) has lost their culvert. Some of the residents did manage to get to the Selectboard meeting and did not get much encouragement regarding help for their Class 4 road. If you have resources to help with this bridge / culvert, please contact the Chamber and we will get information to homeowners.

  •  Tina Wiles, Town Administrative Officer, is the go-to person for National Guard, Salvation Army, FEMA and United Way help. She is now based out of the Fire Station (as are all town employees). Contact Tina at twiles@sover.net or 247-3635. Tina reminds everyone to photograph, video, and document all damage and clean-up efforts.  

  • Town offices are now in the Fire Station for limited services. 247-5721. Until a full determination is made on the town office building, this is where you will find town staff. They are working to get essential items out of downtown so people can get marriage licenses and other necessary documents. Please be patient.
  • Unless a building is a public hazard, town officials will not be making determinations for removal. All individual building decisions will be made by property owners (and their insurance companies). Chief Kilpeck and his crew powered down seven buildings earlier this week. The state Fire Marshal has "orange stickered" several buildings. From what we heard, orange stickers are not so great (no entry). A number of other buildings were "yellow stickered" which allows for limited and supervised entry.  
  • Two town road intersections are now 4 WAY STOPS (and probably will be forever more). The intersection of Park Street Extension, Country Club Road and Smalley Road.  And the intersection of Marble Street, Park Street, and High Street.  A stop sign has been installed on Route 73 at the intersection with Town Farm Road and Country Club Road. 


Brandon's most powerful garage band, Feral Godmother, will be rocking Central Park Friday night starting at 6:30 pm. They deliver an eclectic mélange of folk rock, electric blues, and avant-garagé.   


The concert, the Chamber's final show of our summer concert series has now been turned into a Community Gathering, Celebration (positive thoughts here: we want to celebrate that Route 7 will be open by Friday night), and Brand-Aid Fundraiser. The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce has established the Brand-Aid Fund to help members of our business community. The intent of the fund is to assist those businesses trying to re-open as quickly as possible. It might mean a relocation for some. Or shoring up a building. Or gutting the inside and starting over. Most business owners are making plans right now for getting re-open as quickly as possible. 


We will have a 50 / 50 raffle and a passing of the hat for the fundraiser so please bring a few dollars with you.   





Update from Town of Brandon Officials:

1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2011




The following roads are closed:


Town of Brandon Update as of 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2011:


The following roads are closed:

  • Pearl Street from the last house before Sanderson Bridge to the Base of hill on Long Swamp Road.
  • Union Street  - house to Ella Dean Road
  • Cobb Hill Road No Access
  • Center Street from Prospect Street to the bank corner

Primary Route 7 Route is from the North take Ferson Road to Town Farm Road to intersection with Route 73 across Route 73 to Country Club Road.  Absolutely no overweight trucks should be using Maple Street as a bypass.


PLEASE NOTE that a four-way traffic control has been placed at the intersection of Park Street Extension, Country Club Road and Smalley Road.  A four-way traffic control has been placed at the intersection of Marble Street, Park Street, and High Street.  A stop sigh has been installed on Route 73 at the intersection with Town Farm Road and Country Club Road.  PLEASE OBEY THE SPEED LIMITS DURING THIS RE-ROUTING.



Anyone experiencing flood damage you should contact Tina Wiles at 802-779-2070 or at twiles@sover.net to report the extent of damage and where you are located immediately.   Please document your damage with photos/videos during your clean-up efforts.  Document your clean-up efforts.


We should be receiving clean-up kits for residents in need of such kits from the Salvation Army in Rutland on Thursday, please let me know if you are in need of a kit.  We have also been advised that FEMA will be arriving in Town in the next few days with additional kits and supplies.  Please let Tina Wiles know if you or your neighbors have any immediate needs.

We are in the process of identifying those town people who may be stranded due to the flooding.  If you know of anyone or you are stranded please also contact Tina Wiles so that we can note that and address the issue.


I cannot stress the importance of reporting this information.  We will have a group of Community folks out going door to door to seek who was affected by damage and where they are.  So please speak with these folks if they come to your door.  A full damage assessment will be conducted with FEMA at a future time.


 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES, NON-PROFITS, and HOMEOWNERS. These documents will stay on the Chamber website indefinitely.
  • If you are a business (for-profit; non-profit; multi-family housing provider, etc.): Report damages or speak to someone about additional resources available, please call 802-828-3211. The VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development has set up a system to document damage to businesses and properties (both for and non-profit businesses, including multi-family housing providers and services) in order to assist FEMA in their collection of information

  • Insurance Company guidelines for reporting damages   
  • NeighborWorks of Western Vermont can help homeowners whose homes were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Low interest loans and project management are available help homeowners pay for the repairs and help oversee the work. A project manager visits homes to identify the scope of work with the homeowner. The project manager also develops cost estimates; and can help find reliable local contractors to make the repairs. The contractors are paid only after the homeowner and project manager sign off on the work. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is a licensed lender with 25 years of local lending experience. NWWVT can make loans to homeowners who may not typically qualify for loans at their bank. Income restrictions do apply. Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be in need of assistance and have them call right away (802) 438-2303 x 210. Please visit www.nwwvt.org for more.



Carr's Florist & Gifts got a good carpet shampoo and airing out. They are open for business (and deliveries too)



HELP THIS AFTERNOON & TONIGHT AT NESHOBE GOLF CLUB - food and drink will be provided.  


BUY BRICKS for the Brandon Green Park Rebuilding: Contact Bette Moffett or Warren Kimble (247-8880) or stop by 10 Park St.        


CRITICAL NEED: BLOOD DRIVE.  September 8 from 12 - 5:30 pm at the Fire Station 


Neshobe River Winery is open and accessible! Wine tastings and wood-fired pizza. Take Wheeler Road to Stone Mill Dam Road.



Brandon Artists Guild opening this Friday, September 2 from 5 - 7 pm. Opening reception for Joan Curtis show, "Greener Grass."



Google Maps has teamed up with VT AOT officials and have created a VT interactive map with road closures. It is very accurate.  


Continue to check the Town of Brandon website for updates.  






Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733