Vermont digs out after Irene's flooding kills 3

By REUTERS
August 30, 2011 01:16

 
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WILMINGTON, Vt. - Vermont residents surveyed washed out roads, swept-away bridges and destroyed homes and businesses on Monday after a weakened Hurricane Irene brought the state's worst flooding in 80 years.

Three people were killed in flooding kicked off by the storm's heavy rains and one remained missing, state authorities said. Several of the state's historic covered bridges, as well as more modern structures, were washed away in rain-swollen rivers.

Irene had been reduced to tropical storm status by the time it reached Vermont but still dumped a near record 7 inches of rain. Officials called the flooding catastrophic and said it was the state's worst natural disaster since floods in 1927.

Governor Peter Shumlin and Senator Patrick Leahy toured the devastation by helicopter and in cars. Crews spread out around the state to begin clearing downed trees, restoring power and rebuilding roadways.

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