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The Herald-Dispatch

Workers repair light signals at an intersection in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. As more roads opened and the power came back two days after Hurricane Irene swept through, people who depend on tourists for their livelihoods had no guarantee whether visitors would come for summer’s traditional last hurrah. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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.

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