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Aug 30, 2011 8:42 PM by Trovette Tottress

Airlifts take food, water to cut-off Vt. towns

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - National Guard helicopters are taking food and water to Vermont towns cut off by flood-damaged roads and bridges.

About a dozen towns in the southern part of the state were rendered inaccessible by vehicular traffic after heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Irene on Sunday. Vermont Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma says that in addition to Guard helicopters, special trucks are carrying emergency supplies to towns whose roads may be passable for them but not for the public.

Along the East Coast, more than 2.5 million people are still without power. The storm has been blamed for at least 42 deaths. Early estimates put Irene's damage at $7 billion to $10 billion. It's much smaller than the impact of monster storms such as Hurricane Katrina, which did more than $100 billion in damage.

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