31 Aug '11, 6am

Airlifts take food, water to cut-off US towns

NEWFANE (Vermont) - US National Guard helicopters rushed food and water to a dozen cut-off towns in the northeastern state of Vermont after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene washed out roads and bridges in a deluge that took many people in the landlocked New England state by surprise. Up to 28cm of rain from the weekend storm turned placid streams into churning, brown torrents that splintered buildings, knocked homes off their foundations, flattened trees and took giant bites out of the asphalt across the countryside. At least three people died in Vermont. "I think that people are still a little shell-shocked right now. There's just a lot of disbelief on people's faces. It came through so quickly, and there's so much damage," Ms Gail Devine, director of the Woodstock Recreation Centre, said on Tuesday as volunteers moved furniture out of the flooded basement and shovel...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110831-0000788/Airlif...

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