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    Posted September 1, 2011 by
    Barre, Vermont
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Irene's aftermath

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    Irene Ravages Vermont


    Hurricane Irene wrought havoc in the tiny New England state of Vermont as she plowed her way up the US East Coast Sunday August 28th. The aftermath of this historic storm has left several Vermont towns completely isolated and flood waters in some areas had yet to crest as of Wednesday. Many roads are closed and for Vermonters isolated by the storm, food, fresh water and power were an immediate concern.
    While the loss of life was relatively light, the shear volume of property destroyed, roads washed out and bridges reduced to rubble is staggering.
    In some areas debris still litters the roads and the ubiquitous mud so common after a flood just seems to be everywhere. Even where crops survived the flooding, farmers are discovering contamination from the raging flood waters.
    In many areas isolated by road washouts residents are keeping a wary eye on area streams and rivers as the trauma caused by the devastation begins to set-in.

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