Mother Nature is not one for complacency, and she let it be known she can be fierce despite a late winter arrival — punctuating the notion, a weekend of high winds and inclement weather in New England wreaked havoc on a farmhouse in Richmond, Vt. after its roof was literally torn off the rafters.
As reported by NBC television affiliate WPTZ, the family’s farmhouse stood testament to what a strong gust of wind can do to a rooftop after Dave Moultroup’s parent’s house — where he grew up and his mother still lives —lost its lid.
"Around 8 a.m. this morning, I live up the road and looked down, and the roof was just totally off from a big gust," Moultroup told WPTZ. "Since I was a kid, I’ve never seen anything like this coming up through here; we’ve had windstorms, but nothing this disastrous."
Richmond, a town of less than 5,000 residents, is located in the western foothills of the Green Mountains, in the northwest corner of the state, about 13 miles southeast of Burlington, near the Bolton Valley ski resort.
In a very ‘Vermont’ way, friends, family, and neighbors in the area reportedly assembled almost immediately after the incident to help, picking up the pieces and beginning to install a new roof. Not even a passing downpour slowed the community.
"They gather around when we need help, and we got the carpenters we know, so we’ve got a crew of probably 15-20 people. We hope to have this sealed up and watertight before dark," Moultroup said after the incident.