Some of the damage: Route 107 near Bethel, Vt.
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August 31, 2011 At this point the roads are only for use by emergency vehicles and National Guard delivery trucks. Helicopters will continue to bring supplies to stricken communities.
August 31, 2011 When the New York City mayor switched to Spanish during his Hurricane Irene-related news conferences, many found his efforts rather amusing. And they've flocked to Twitter to have some fun at his expense. Bloomberg, or @ElBloombito, is OK with that.
In Pompton Lakes, N.J., earlier this week, Gino Borova stood in the driveway of his house — which was flooded by water from the Ramapo River.
August 31, 2011 The idea that money spent on fixing the billions in damages will be good for the overall economy is known as the "broken window fallacy," Planet Money's Adam Davidson says. In reality, spending is just shifted around.
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August 30, 2011 Meanwhile, flood waters are still rising in several Northeastern states. Vermont has been hit particularly hard.
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August 29, 2011 Falling trees and downed power lines played roles in many of the deaths. Other victims drowned.
On guard during Irene at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
3rd U.S. INF Regiment The Old Guard
August 29, 2011 As they did during Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the Washington-area blizzards in 2009-10 and other extreme weather events, soldiers of The Old Guard continued to march at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on June 17, 2011.
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August 29, 2011 "It's a system of bureaucratic central economic planning, which is a policy that is deeply flawed," the congressman and Republican presidential candidate says.
August 29, 2011 So far as we know, know prominent politicians along the East Coast appear to have weathered Hurricane Irene; it doesn't appear Irene has harmed any of their careers like Hurricane Katrina hurt others. They appear to have learned the 2005 hurricane's lessons well.
August 29, 2011 Among the many photos and videos taken by people up and down the East during and after Hurricane Irene passed through are three clips from Mount Holly, Vt., where local firefighters rescued a couple from their vehicle.
Flooding Sunday in Waitsfield, Vt.
August 29, 2011 She wasn't the storm of the century and many beach towns were stunned by how lucky they were. But Irene also led to more than 20 deaths, cut the power to more than 5 million homes and businesses and caused an estimated $7 billion in damages.
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Water sits on the streets of Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday.
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August 28, 2011 Now just a tropical storm, Irene pummeled New York and the Northeast Coast with intense wind and rain. But speaking on Sunday, President Obama said areas are still at risk of flooding and urged people to continue to listen to the guidance of their state and local officials in the coming days.
People stand in line at a Trader Joe's Wine Shop in Manhattan Friday, ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival in New York City this weekend.
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August 27, 2011 Parts of New York City are under evacuation orders, with more than 370,000 people ordered to leave low-lying areas as Hurricane Irene approaches the city. But on Saturday afternoon, at least, some residents were making the most of it.
August 27, 2011 Hurricane Irene has forced airlines to cancel more than 9,000 flights this weekend, with the AP reporting 3,600 cancellations on Saturday alone. United Continental and Delta Air Lines have each announced thousands of cancellations for the period between Saturday and Monday.
August 27, 2011 The seniors are refusing to leave Atlantic City. The governor says he can't arrest them, but he's sending buses and wants them to get on so they can be taken to shelters.
August 27, 2011 Three fatalities in North Carolina underscore why authorities are strongly urging anyone in an area affected by Irene to stay inside. In Virginia, a child reportedly died when a tree fell on his home.
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