Killer storm leaves Vt. homeowners, towns stranded



NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) — Hurricane Irene is now a memory, but people on the East Coast are still facing the damage — and will be for months to come.

The storm, which killed at least 40 people across 11 states, is still being felt all over the region. Nearly 5 million homes and businesses in a dozen states were still without electricity, and utilities warned it might be a week or more before some people get their power back.

While people without electric power waited for the lights to come back on and communities from New York to Maine took stock of the storm, homeowners and towns in land-locked Vermont faced a sobering new reality: Washed-out roads and bridges left them, for now, inaccessible by automobile.