RESTORATION EFFORTS FROM FLOOD DAMAGE ARE UNDERWAY AT KILLINGTON RESORT AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITY
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Vermont’s Killington Resort and surrounding community continue to assess damage to buildings, roads as well as phone, water and power outages brought by tropical storm Irene and the severe flooding that occurred and begin to clean up and restore the area.
Currently roads leading out of the Killington region are still impassable including Route 4 West and East along Route 100 South and North. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Vermont AOT are onsite assessing road damage and CVPS is working to restore power throughout the area. The National Guard will provide a supply drop of food, water, blankets and cots for the Killington, Mendon and Pittsfield communities sometime today.
The Killington Fire and Rescue Station has been transformed into a command center, creating action plans to ensure food, water, shelter and medical needs and prescription refills are being provided for guests and residents in the affected areas. The Killington Elementary School is open to the public and serving as a shelter with food and water.
K-1 Lodge’s Superstar Pub sustained significant structural damage caused by water running over the banks of the Roaring Brook, which dislodged this portion of the building from its foundation. The rest of the K-1 Lodge including the Mountain Bike Shop, Rental Shop, K-1 Cafe and Mahogany Ridge Pub sustained only minimal damage.
Bear Mountain, Ramshead, Snowshed, Skyeship and Pico Mountain Lodges and some snowmaking pump houses have revealed silt and minor water damage. Lift infrastructure, condominium properties, the Killington Grand Hotel and the Golf Course have minimal damage.
Killington Resort will continue to clean up and restore our lodging properties, buildings and roads over the next several weeks. All lodging arrivals through September 8 have been canceled along with Killington Resort events through September 18, 2011.
Pico Mountain summer operations are now closed for the season. We plan to reopen the Killington Golf Course, K-1 Lodge, mountain biking, hiking and the K-1 Express Gondola as soon as possible.
“We are now on the road to recovery,” stated Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington Resort, “We’ve had very little damage above 2500 feet and Killington Resort is planning to open for the 2011-12 winter season on schedule.”
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