1. Irene's Aftermath

    Vermont Officials Weigh Health Risks

    People walk along a washed out section of Route 12 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Berlin, Vt. Vermont's top transportation official says roads to a number of communities in the state remain cut off due to flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    Toby Talbot / AP Photo

    As thousands in Vermont struggle without power or water since Hurricane Irene hit on Sunday, environmental teams have been investigating health concerns at water treatment plants and sewage lines. The 13 towns that were cut off because of damage to roads and bridges were visited by engineers from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation. Among chief concerns are chemical spills and leaks. Right now, the towns that are inaccessible are on “boil water” notice. Meanwhile, the Vermont National Guard is airlifting supplies to the cut off towns.

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