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Worst not yet over for some storm-ravaged areas

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:47 AM
Updated: Aug 30, 2011 11:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: newfane, vermont, irene, hurricane, katrina, damage, estimate, recovery, wbrz, louisiana

NEWFANE, Vt. - The impact of Hurricane Irene is going to be felt for some time along the East Coast, where more than 2.5 million people are still without power.

The storm has been blamed for at least 40 deaths in 12 states.

Some rivers in Vermont still haven't reached their peak. The storm dumped up to 11 inches of rain into some places, and turned mountain streams into surging muddy torrents that washed out roads and carried away bridges.

Hundreds of roads are impassable because of flooding or fallen trees. Some bridges simply gave way, including a 156-year-old wooden-covered bridge in Blenheim, N.Y.

In North Carolina, where Irene blew ashore Saturday along the Outer Banks, 1,000 people are still in emergency shelters, awaiting word on their homes.

At least three towns in New York remain cut off by flooded roads and bridges.

Early estimates put Iren's damage at $7 billion to $10 billion. It's much smaller than the impact of monster storms such as Hurricane Katrina, which did more than $100 billion in damage.

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