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August 30, 2011

Vermont’s misery continues as flooding isolates communities

By Ed Payne, CNN

August 30, 2011

Burlington, Vermont (CNN) — Residents of Vermont know their work is cut out for them as they struggle for normalcy after enduring the wrath of Irene.

The landlocked rural state saw fast-moving floods spawned by the storm swarm towns from Brattleboro to Woodstock.

“It’s heartbreaking to see your home and home state destroyed — and seeing places and landmarks that you can recognize even from early childhood now destroyed by flooding,” said Ryan Ritter who lives in Rutland near the state’s border with New York.

There was no way in or out of his town, the 20-year-old Ritter said.

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The story was much the same in the southern town of Wilmington. Cut off on several sides, the Vermont National Guard had to travel through neighboring Massachusetts to get rescue crews to the small, cut-off community.

“Irene hit us hard. A lot of businesses were destroyed. Loss of property — roads, bridges, homes washed away,” said Rachel Lazelle. “It is going to take a long time to rebuild.”

On Tuesday, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate planned to tour flooded communities in the state. A day earlier, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration, allowing federal aid to the state.

“It’s just devastating,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said Monday. “Whole communities under water, businesses, homes, obviously roads and bridges, rail transportation infrastructure,” he said. “We’re tough folks up here but Irene … really hit us hard.”

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