While parts of the East Coast breathed a sigh of relief as Irene passed through Sunday, flooding from the downgraded, but still dangerous storm caused major damage to parts of Vermont.
The state, in particular the southern and central portions are experiencing the worst flooding in a century, Gov. Peter Shumlin said. “We’ve just been devastated. We prepared for the worst. And frankly, we got the worst,” Shumlin told Democracy Now.
At least a dozen bridges, including historic covered bridges, were washed away by flood waters, cutting off 11 communities and stranding residents. Thousands are still without power.
Thirty FEMA trucks arrived Tuesday to provide residents with supplies, the AP reports. At least three people have died in the state as a result of Irene. The total death toll from the storm stands at 40.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross helped pick vegetables to avoid crop contamination, the Burlington Free Press reports. The Vermont Foodbank is asking for donations to help families in need. Ben & Jerry’s, an ice cream company that started in the state, has also offered its assistance: “@VTGovernor we have a crew of #VT employees ready and willing to help out wherever needed.”
Watch video and see photos of the historic flooding below.
Flooding in Vermont, video from the Burlington Free Press.
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