1. Disasters

    Floodwaters Begin to Recede in Northeast

    A volunteer helps clean out the flooded basement of the Mill Rock restaurant after Tropical Storm Irene flooded parts of the town, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in Windham, N.Y. Officials say more than a dozen towns in Vermont and at least three in New York are cut off, with roads and bridges washed out by flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene. In New York, the towns of Keene in the Adirondacks, and Windham and Phoenicia in the Catskills are effectively isolated by damage to roads and bridges. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

    Floodwaters have finally begun to recede in the Northeast, leaving behind a wake of destruction that is likely to make Hurricane Irene one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. National Guard helicopters continue, however, to fly supplies into Vermont towns that have been cut off by the flooding. On Sunday, President Obama visits Paterson, N.J., where flooding forced hundreds of evacuations. Estimates put the cost of the storm at about $7 billion—way more than the cost of the previous two hurricanes to hit the Northeast, Bob and Gloria, which cost $1.7 billion and $1.9 billion in today’s dollars, respectively.

    Read it at Associated Press