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The Herald-Dispatch

Marion Bender looks through the living room window of her flooded-out Greenfield Gardens apartment as her husband Will stands behind her in Greenfield, Mass., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The Benders have been living in the apartment since September 2011 and did not have flood insurance when the Green River left its banks Sunday, flooding six apartments, The Benders said, "We have got to start all over," adding "we'll be alright." (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Gallery: Residents recover from Hurricane Irene damage

Aug. 30, 2011 @ 02:25 PM

NEWFANE, 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.

Deputy state Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says state crews hope to re-establish ground contact with all isolated communities Tuesday.

About 20,000 Vermont utility customers remain without power, but crews can't begin to restore power until they can reach the affected communities.

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.