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Kick-off event for When the River Rose raises money for Irene flood relief

March 13, 2012

For the past several months, CLiF’s Duncan McDougall and Matt Bushlow have worked on a new book of Tropical Storm Irene flood stories from Waterbury, Vermont. The book, When the River Rose: Stories of a Vermont Town’s Flood, Recovery, and Rebirth, is now available on bookstore shelves and on our website.

We worked with a talented team that included journalist David Goodman, who edited the book; photographer Gordon Miller, who donated photos; and book designer Peter Holm, who – you guessed it – designed the incredible cover and every page within.

Last Friday, March 9th, we threw a kick-off party at the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor’s Center and Cafe in downtown Waterbury. It was the perfect location: It’s both in the center of town and was itself flooded after the storm.

The kick-off was a success in every way: We sold more than 100 books and a veritable flood of folks from the community came out to hear David and Duncan speak, to watch Gordon’s slideshow, and to hear personal stories from the book read by the people who lived through them. We were even serenaded by two very talented high school students who wrote a song about the flood and sang it to the crowd in perfect harmony.

Also, we were lucky enough to have Patti Daniels from Vermont Public Radio attend the event and produce a radio segment. You can listen to it on Vermont Public Radio’s website.

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