Death Toll, Floodwaters Rise in Irene's Wake

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The death toll and the floodwaters are still rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, with at least 40 people dead and as much as $10 billion in insured losses.

For all of the talk that the storm was weaker than expected, it has taken a terrible toll on parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England.  

From New Jersey to Maine, massive flooding has cut off whole communities and washed away bridges.  

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned that the worst was yet to come.

"We're still going to see some major flooding in some parts of the state in the next 24 hours because in some places the waters are still rising," he said.

While people in the South might be used to flooding from the heavy rain from hurricanes, it is unprecedented in Vermont.

"It was really scary, people coming in chest-deep in water," Vermont resident Heather Pereira said.

At least three of Vermont's covered bridges were washed away.  At least 5 million homes and businesses are without power and some will remain without until next week.  Parts of the Green Mountain State received a month's worth of rain in one day.

Irene also left many parts of New Hampshire's Plymouth State University underwater.

"This is your ice skating rink on the right. This is all parking right here, all the way over to that building that's submerged," said Capt. Randy Eastman of the Holderness, N.H. Fire Department.

While New York City dodged a direct hit from the storm, upstate New York got walloped. Flash floods swept through the small town of Windham.  More than 2,000 residents became trapped as the flood waters rose.

"We were watching dumpsters, refrigerators, big huge propane tanks shooting off propane," Windham resident Linda Scofield recalled.

In Manchester, N.H., a father and his two daughters were found clinging to buoys to avoid plunging down deadly water falls. 

Meanwhile, the government's main disaster aid account is running out of money as the Obama administration confronts damages from another natural disaster.

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