Still In The Dark

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 2:36pm

Workers race to restore electricity to Irene's victims.

Millions remain without power, tens-of-thousands are still unable to return to their homes and in some places flood waters continue to rise nearly a week after Hurricane Irene hit the east coast.

The storm is long gone, but residents from North Carolina to New England are still dealing with the aftermath.

In Paterson, New Jersey roads still look like rivers.

"We've seen the water recede quite a bit, but it still has a long way to go," says New Jersey State Police Sgt. Alex Popov.

Irene triggered historic flooding across the northeast, including landlocked Vermont, where roads and bridges have been washed away.

"It's surreal. I look up and can see the road and it's gone, and I go home and I see it all, I can't absorb it all," says Killington resident Yuri MacInin.

The National Guard is airlifting supplies to those cut off by the floods.

While crews rush to rebuild the infrastructure homes across New England are digging out and cleaning up.

Others are dealing with the reality of having to rebuild.

Irene swept away the Connecticut home of Adele and Bob Barnabei, their home for more than 30 years.

"I had crystal from my grandparents, precious things, some friends have given us before they passed away, and I have no idea where things are," Adele says.

Gifts and memories gone with the storm, but not that New England determination.

"We'll comeback," says Ludlow, Vermont resident Glenn Heightsmith. "We'll come back stronger, and cleaner and newer and better than before."

A comeback that began the minute Irene left.

The death toll from Hurricane Irene stands at 39 across ten states.
 

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