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The Herald-Dispatch

A car damaged by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene sits in a yard after it washed downhill and landed in it's owner's yard with pieces of pavement from a washed out road in New Scotland, N.Y., south of Albany, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The storm left upstate New Yorkers sharking their heads at a crippling wallop they never thought possible: cars and trucks tossed like toys, houses torn from their foundations, trees tumbling down muddy rivers like matchsticks and roads shredded by raging torrents. (AP Photo/Kyle Bell)

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.