"...Tropical Storm Irene triggered the worst natural disaster in Vermont since 1927. At least three people drowned, and two are missing; hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed; the state's road system was broken in so many places they have not yet been counted.
"Across southern and central Vermont, small neighborhoods and some entire towns were cut off from the outside world for two or three days, without electricity or telephones, with dwindling supplies of food and water.
"As the state, towns and utilities worked to understand and respond to the crisis, neighbors rallied, communities pulled together to help flood victims, and individuals banded together to begin the recovery while still numb with shock.
"Free Press reporters and photographers fanned out throughout Vermont. These are scenes from the first week of what might well be the storm of a century that still has 90 years to go."
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