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Hurricane Irene Leaves Vermont Wedding Stranded

Hurricane Irene Leaves Vermont Wedding Stranded


Airdate: 08/30/2011

It was a dream wedding at a summer camp that held happy childhood memories for the bride.

But now the bride, Auste Kuolas, her husband Jonas Diazbalis, and 100 guests are stranded at the summer camp outside Brattleboro, Vermont, cut off when a bridge was washed away by Hurricane Irene.

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke with the bride and groom by phone, their only link to the outside world.

"Just as the cocktail hour was ending the downpour began," said Kuolas.

"What are you doing for food?" asked Trent.

"We have a lot of canned beans and things like that. We have some leftovers from the wedding that we've been eating. So we've been okay with food," she said.

"This sounds like Survivor" said Trent.

"It's like Survivor except noone gets voted off," said Diazbalis.

Brattleboro, Vermont is one of the worst hit towns in New England. What was once a gently babbling brook is now a raging torrent. Rushing waters washed away part of a building which houses art studios and apartments, and flooded the center of town.

A historic bridge nearby was inundated by floodwaters. There were no evacuations ahead of Irene.

Now the focus of attention is on rescuing the bride, the groom, and her entire wedding party who are stranded on what was once, for the bride, the happiest place on earth.

"We will have a very happy marriage because we've already battled the worst," said Kuolas.


 


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