Residents Clean Up After Irene Drenches East Coast

This morning, when Tod Clissold walked into Poor Richard's, the bar he owns in Manteo, North Carolina, the first thing he noticed was the smell. Like a lot of East Coast residents, Clissold is in recovery mode after Hurricane Irene left homes and businesses flooded and powerless from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan talks with Clissold and several others, plus the latest from NPR's Jennifer Ludden, Joe Palca and Joel Rose in New York.

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LAURA SULLIVAN, host: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Laura Sullivan, in for Guy Raz.

This morning, a little before seven o'clock, Todd Clissold walked into the bar and sandwich shop he runs in Manteo, North Carolina. The first thing he noticed?

TODD CLISSOLD: Was just the pungent, nasty smell that hits you when you first come in, and that's the first sign things weren't very good.

SULLIVAN: Todd's place is called Poor Richard's. It's been there since 1984.

CLISSOLD: Well, I purchased it from Richard in 1998.

SULLIVAN: That's right.

CLISSOLD: The original Richard.

SULLIVAN: But this morning, that smell?

CLISSOLD: I don't mean to sound gross, but almost like a septic smell. It's like a sludge, just sloppy, nasty smell.

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SULLIVAN: Like a lot of businesses in downtown Manteo, Todd's place was completely flooded by Hurricane Irene, and he's no stranger to this sort of thing.

CLISSOLD: No. No, I'm not. I've seen the water come up during the storm of the century back in '93, I think, and the water came up higher than I thought it would ever come. So they call that the hundred-year storm. But in Manteo, I think we just beat the hundred-year storm yesterday.

SULLIVAN: Our cover story today: After the storm, the East Coast recovers.

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