Northeast Still Reeling from Irene's Floodwaters

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Hurricane Irene is long gone, but the floodwaters it left behind were still taking a toll on millions of Americans Wednesday, particularly in the Northeast.

Dangerously damaged infrastructure and thousands of water-logged homes and businesses continued to affect the lives of residents from North Carolina through New England.

The storm left at least 44 people dead and 2.5 million without power in 13 states.

"The first thing (I saw ) when I looked out the window -- I saw the house wasn't in the right place," recalled Jacob Herz, a resident of Fleischmanns, N.Y.

In Vermont, rescue crews are still trying to reach residents in 11 towns left isolated and desperate.

"The water was really, really up very high. And the force of it was beyond our comprehension," Woodstock, Vt., resident Michael Ricci said.

But for some, this isn't their first flood.

"This is my second flood in five years," Lodi, N.J. resident Bonnie Riddick said. "I'm getting out of here. My whole apartment, I can't get back in for a month, two months, until we gut all the walls, do all the electrical work again."

In Conway, N.H., 22 people were rescued in just a few hours.

"(These are) the worst possible conditions of swift water rescue," New Hampshire Fire Department Chief Stephen Solomon said. "There's a guy hanging in a tree. We had another person in rising water in his house, ended up in his attic."

Irene's floodwaters damaged 80 homes in Conway alone. In Vermont, the National Guard has been delivering food and supplies to stranded residents.

"If it's a life-and-death situation, where someone needs to be Medevac-ed or taken to a hospital, we would get a helicopter there to airlift them out, if we could get close to them," Mark Bosma, a spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management, told The Associated Press

"A lot of these areas are mountainous areas where there may not be a place to land," he said.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate are scheduled to tour New Jersey and New York on Wednesday.

They'll also visit other states in the days ahead.

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