31 Aug 2011

Post-Irene flooding in Vermont

12:39 pm on 31 August 2011

More than 2.5 million people are still without power and there is major flooding in the state of Vermont in the wake of the sweep by Hurricane Irene along the east coast of the United States.

The BBC reports the floods in Vermont are the worst since 1927 and some rivers and creeks are yet to crest.

At least 13 towns are isolated by floods. More than 200 roads are blocked or washed away in Vermont and federal authorities are airlifting food, water, and other supplies.

''We've got a long slog ahead,'' Governor Peter Shumlin told MSNBC television. ''Irene really whacked us hard.''

Meanwhile, nearly 100 people remained stranded in mountain towns in New York State due to washed out roads and bridges. The storm brought 33cm of rain to the state.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said dozens of bridges and roadways would need repairing and that some of the state's rivers also are yet to crest from flooding.

Irene has killed 44 people in 13 states. It passed into Canada on Sunday.