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The Herald-Dispatch

John Puntel a volunteer from a local bricklayers union shovels water from tropical storm Irene that collected on the foundation of what is going to be an entrance wall to the Garden of Reflection memorial to local victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in Yardley, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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.