Irene`s death toll jumps; US towns battle floods

To the north, Vermont contended with what its governor called the worst flooding in a century.

Montrpelier: Transportation was getting
back to normal in most eastern states on Tuesday in the wake of
Hurricane Irene, though some towns still grappled with
flooding and many homes and businesses remained without

At least 46 people were reported killed by the storm,
which blew through the Caribbean and up the US eastern
seaboard before hitting Canada.

In New York City, where people had braced for a
disaster-movie scene of water swirling around skyscrapers, the
subways and buses were up and running again in time for the
yesterday morning commute.

By today, a majority of riders on the hard-hit Long
Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad were able to get
onto trains to the center of the city, although some Long
Island communities still were without service because of
flooded tracks.

To the north, landlocked Vermont contended with what its
governor called the worst flooding in a century.

In many cases, the moment of maximum danger arrived well
after the storm had passed, as rainwater made its way into
rivers and streams and turned them into torrents. Irene dumped
up to 28 centimetres of rain on Vermont and more than 33
centimetres in parts of New York.

Some Amtrak service in the Northeast was limited or
suspended, and airlines said it would be days before the
thousands of passengers stranded by Irene find their way home.

The death toll for 11 eastern US states rose to at least
40 as bodies were pulled from floodwaters and people were
struck by falling trees or electrocuted by downed power lines.

A driver was missing after a road collapsed and swallowed
two cars about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.


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