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The Herald-Dispatch

N.C. Dept. of Transportation helicopter pilots Ray Edwards, left, and Terry Carlyle stand on the edge of a washed out N.C. 12 about eight miles south of the Bonner Bridge in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge of the Outer Banks, N.C., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. They had flown four DOT officials down to survey the numerous breaches in the highway caused by Hurricane Irene. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Shawn Rocco)

Gallery: Residents recover from Hurricane Irene damage

Aug. 30, 2011 @ 04:30 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.

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