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The Herald-Dispatch

Katie Cole, center right, the mayor of the Borough of Pompton Lakes, N.J., is seen among New Jersey National Guard members and rescue officials as rescue crews surveyed damages caused by a flood following Hurricane Irene, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in Pompton Lakes, N.J. Pompton Lakes is surrounded by three rivers and was seeing serious flooding Monday. Record crests were expected in the area. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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.