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The Herald-Dispatch

Joe Sweeney washes silt left behind from floodwaters of the Schuylkill River at the Penn Athletic Club on Boathouse Row in in the aftermath of the storm Irene, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in Philadelphia. It was the Schuylkill River that wreaked havoc in the area, cresting to more than 15 feet in Norristown and inundating homes with muddy water and flooding streets in Philadelphia. (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.