Article by Mark Bushnell
Only in hindsight did Vermonters see the flood of 1927 coming. The first signs of trouble, they would later recall, had emerged in October of that year, when it rained about 50 percent more than usual. And things didn’t let up as November started. In fact, the rain only intensified. The forecast, much less reliable in those days, had called for fair weather, but a tropical storm traveling up the East Coast veered unexpectedly inland and met a rainstorm coming from the west. As a result, rain fell especially hard on the night of Nov. 2, and continued for 38 hours. Then it took an hour break, before pouring down for another four or five hours.
Mark Bushnell is a Vermont journalist and historian. He is the author and co-author of several books, including It Happened in Vermont.