1. Water Rising

    Irene Rains Pummel Northeast Towns

    Image #: 15143155    Waves and storm surge pound the boardwalk and the beach at first light as Hurricane Irene slams into Asbury Park, New Jersey, August 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene knocked out power to 3.3 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast, forced two nuclear plants to shut and idled oil ports and refining as it approached New York City early on Sunday. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)       REUTERS /CHIP EAST /LANDOV

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    Irene may have passed up New York City, but the storm continues to pummel communities up the Eastern Seaboard. Small towns in the Catskills have experienced major flash floods, which have blown out bridges and left many stranded on the second floor of their homes. Regions father north in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont have also become waterlogged. National Guard and emergency officials evacuated residents throughout the low-lying areas of Vermont, which are experiencing record-breaking water levels. Parts of main roads were even washed out by rising rivers. The towns of Woodstock and Brattleboro are both submerged. Flooding from the Winooski River running through the capital is also expected Sunday evening. While Boston suffered little damage, parts of western Massachusetts experienced serious flooding, causing several roads and bridges to close and the evacuation of hundreds.

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