PHOTO GALLERY: East Coast struggles with damage after Irene
Monday, August 29, 2011 | 10:58 p.m. CDT;
updated 3:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 30, 2011
North Main Street in Waterbury, Vt., is underwater in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene on Monday. Almost 50,000 Vermont utility customers were without power Monday, hundreds of roads were closed and a number of bridges were destroyed by flooding.
The 11-state death toll from Tropical Storm Irene climbed from 22 on Sunday night to 37 by Monday. Millions of homes and businesses were left without electricity. Although the storm was downgraded from its hurricane status, early estimates put Irene's damage at $7 billion to $10 billion.
Locals survey the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on Route 73 in St. Huberts, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011.
Linda Russell, left, and her fiance Kimberly Plourde, watch water rushing over the Ascutney Mill Dam in Windsor, Vt., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. A weakened but dangerous Tropical Storm Irene dumped up to half a foot of rain in places, flooded roads, knocked down trees and left more than 165,000 Vermont homes and businesses in the dark before blowing out of the state on Sunday.
Flood waters engulf most of a fire hydrant and renders a major thoroughfare impassable as Tropical Storm Irene drops heavy rain on the Staten Island, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Although downgraded from a hurricane, Tropical Storm Irene's torrential rains left rivers and streams in the regions swollen.
A lock of the Erie Canal in Rotterdam, N.Y., overflows with water on Monday during extensive flooding in the region as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.
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