Killington, VT – Vacationing Jewish NYers Marooned in Vermont

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    People walk along a washed out section of Route 12 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Berlin, Vt. Vermont's top transportation official says roads to a number of communities in the state remain cut off due to flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)Killington, VT – Approximately eighteen Orthodox Jewish families including sixty to eighty adults and about forty children are stranded at the Grand Hotel in Killington, Vermont, after all roads into the area flooded with water or collapsed entirely. While the stranded vacationers currently have electricity, they are low on food and other supplies as they were intending to leave the area yesterday.

    “We have two small private planes and a helicopter heading there right now with food and supplies,” said Meyer Berger of Chesed Shel Emes. “One plane just took off from Westchester County Airport and another just left Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.”

    One of the vacationers told VIN News that half of the town of Killington lost electrical power at approximately 2 PM yesterday, while the remaining power went out at 10 PM last night. Electricity was restored to the area at noon today and local officials are hoping that a single lane into Killington may be restored either Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Vermont has been hard hit by hurricane Irene with numerous areas unreachable because of impassable roads and all non-essential government offices have been closed for the day. Vermont State Police confirm that at the moment, there are no open roads to Killington.

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