The Williston Railroad Bridge over the Winooski River in northern Vermont stood but the tracks approaching it were heavy damaged from the 1927 Flood. Much of the line between Essex Junction and White River Junction was destroyed when 6-10 inches of rain fell over the region in beginning November 2nd until the 4th. More than 1200 bridges were washed away and the Central Vermont Railroad went bankrupt afterwards.
84 people were killed, including the Lieutenant Governor, Hollister Jackson when his car became stuck in rising water, and he drowned.
Front page of the Burlington Free Press, November 4, 1927
Researchers at the University of Vermont Landscape Change Program believe the damage was so severe due to a combination of deforestation for agriculture purposes and saturated soil from earlier heavy precipitation which compounded the flooding with landscapes along the steep terrain.
photo credit: University of Vermont
Clifford, D. P., & Clifford, N. R. (2007). "The troubled roar of the waters" Vermont in flood and recovery, 1927-1931. Hanover: University Press of New England.
Lindsell, R. M., & Karr, R. D. (2000). The rail lines of Northern New England: A handbook of railroad history. Pepperell, MA: Branch Line Press.