Monday, August 29, 2011

Videos show upstate New York, Vermont Irene flooding

North Carolina National Guard Hurricane Irene ...Image by The National Guard via FlickrThere are a few videos here at the link that shows some of the damage Irene's impact made. Be sure to check it out.
Hurricane Irene never hit New York City in the apocalyptic, big-city disaster scenario that Mayor Michael Bloomberg had spelled out late last week, but the storm still managed to leave 5 million homes and businesses without power and at least two dozen dead, according to the Associated Press.
The storm caused some of the worst flooding in a century in Vermont, and also submerged small upstate New York towns that are just now able to take stock of the damage.
This ABC News report, below, shows the frightening flooding in New York and Vermont--including dramatic footage of a covered bridge washing out near Rockingham, Vermont:

A North Carolina road was completely washed out by the storm. You can see flood waters bisecting Highway 12, which connects Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to the mainland, in the video below. The collapse left more than 2,000 people on the island stranded from the North Carolina mainland. Six deaths have been reported in the state, most from falling trees.

Irene moves to Canada as US counts cost

Click to see more images of Irene's aftermath.
Click to see more images of Irene's aftermath.
The remnants of Irene reached Canada Monday after barreling through the northeastern United States where the storm claimed at least 18 lives and caused estimated economic damage of up to $7 billion.
Millions of people were without power along the East Coast after the huge storm -- now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone -- passed over the Big Apple and headed for Canada.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center warned late Sunday of "major river flooding occurring in parts of the northeast," after President Barack Obama cautioned that recovery efforts would last for "weeks or longer."
"I want people to understand that this is not over," Obama said in a short statement in the White House Rose Garden.
"I do want to underscore that the impacts of this storm will be felt for some time... Power may be out for days in some areas."
The governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, said his state was in "tough shape" while New York state's Andrew Cuomo warned of "tremendous flooding" in the Catskill Mountain area north of Manhattan.

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