Damage in the town of Wilmington was off the charts. With $10 million in structural damage to the homes and businesses in the village it is no wonder recovery for the town has been a long process.
“We’ve been through a lot,” says Adam Grinold, executive director for the Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce. “You no longer drive through town and say ‘Wow, they got hit.’”
Though Grinold says the town has had its ups and downs, recovery is coming together and Wilmington is back to looking like the picturesque Vermont town that it is.
“One thing we are very pleased with is this year’s Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival, which we had to cancel last year and it could easily never have come back,” Grinold says.
The festival is the week of Sept. 21 and will be a milestone on Wilmington’s path to recovery. To mark the year of rebuilding in the town and in remembrance of Evana Taseva, a Wilmington resident who lost her life in the flood, there will be a non-denominational candlelight service on Aug. 28.