WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) -- With multiple drownings in fast-moving rivers in recent days, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Friday warned residents to be extremely cautious about trying to beat the heat at their favorite swimming hole.
"That river you thought you always knew, it's not the same as it was two weeks ago," Shumlin said in a phone interview.
Shumlin spoke hours after a Vermont State Police dive team joined a Middlebury rescue crew to pull the body of 26-year-old Steven Orvis from the New Haven River in Bristol.
Orvis disappeared on Thursday, two days after 16-year-old Jesse Belcher of Barre died in a similar swimming accident in the swollen Stevens Branch in Barre.
Meanwhile Friday, state and local road crews were scrambling to repair wash-outs, clear blocked culverts and make other repairs. Officials said Vermont's northern- and southern-most counties escaped the worst damage, with most of it concentrated in Chittenden, Washington, Addison, Lamoille and Windsor counties.
"Vermont's totally saturated. We've had extensive damage to both municipal and state roads," Shumlin said. "And the bad news is that we have a similar weather pattern projected through next Thursday."
Temperatures above 80 degrees, dew points topping a sticky, sweat-inducing 70 percent punctuated by heavy rains in the afternoon and evening have become a regular feature in Vermont in recent weeks. Fourth of July festivities were washed out or forced indoors in many places, just as some Memorial Day events had been.