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With Roads Gone, Central Vermonters Come Together to Make Daily Hike Over the Mountain

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, central Vermonters found that large stretches of Route 4 were made impassable, stranding people in rural areas without road access to their jobs, schools, and grocery stores.

Necessity led those Vermonters who needed access to the far side of the mountain to find a half-mile forest path they could walk to get across the mountain. More than 1,000 people a day now walk the path between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to get to their jobs and go food shopping on the other side.

The greater community has come together to help those who need daily passage to the other side of the mountain.

A1 Sewer and Drain donated Porta-Pottys to be placed at each end of the trail. Celebration Rentals supplied tent canopies, under which sit volunteers giving out sandwiches, beverages, doughnuts, and candy. Green Mountain National Gold Course has lent six golf carts to transport the elderly and infirm across the path. Central Vermont Motorcycles and the Hendy Brothers John Deere dealership have lent all-terrain vehicles that are used for safety patrols. John King, the owner of the Gramps Shuttle, has volunteered his vans to take students up and down the mountain to school and adults who don’t have rides at the end of the paths to their destinations.

Town officials hope to have passable roads in the next few weeks, before the first snow.

Even though the path is only a half-mile, for local schoolchildren, it is not an easy commute. Parents drive their children to a pickup area on Route 4, where the Gramps Shuttle van meets them and takes them to the path. There, parent volunteers walk the children through the woods. A small school bus picks up the children and takes them to Sherwood Drive, where a big bus waits to take them to school.

Via NYT.

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Hurricane Cost Estimated Among the Nation’s Highest

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Estimates current put the cost of Hurricane Irene at $7 billion to $10 billion, making it one of the ten costliest storms in American history. The cost is so great because the hurricane pummeled an extremely large swatch of the East Coast.

Insurers usually cover about half the total losses of hurricanes, but they may end up covering less than 40% of the costs of this storm. The decrease is because much of the damage is from flooding, which is not typically covered under insurance policies. The increased burden on those affected will make it harder for stricken homeowners to rebuild.

On Tuesday, flooding and power outages continued to affect tens of thousands of people in Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, and New York. In some areas, officials are still helping stranded people. The National Guard sent water and supplies to hundreds of people in thirteen Vermont towns that flood waters have cut off since Sunday.

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Cantor Says No Disaster Relief without Spending Cuts

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Eric Cantor is making waves in Washington by insisting that any federal aid to the victims of Hurricane Irene be offset by cuts in other spending.

Cantor’s critics are not just accusing him of being stingy; they’re accusing him of being a hypocrite. In 2004, when his home state of Virginia was struck by Tropical Storm Gaston, Cantor voted against a bill that would have required exactly the same kind of pay-as-you-go scheme he is now advocating.

Hypocrisy and heartlessness aside, it is an economic tenet that temporary spending bursts which can arises after natural disasters are good reasons to run temporary budget deficits. Thus, Cantor’s claim that fiscal responsibility requires spending cuts to offset the cost of disaster relief is wrong.

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NYC Evacuation Order Will Be Lifted

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the evacuation order for low-lying parts of New York City will be lifted at 3:00 p.m. today. The order was put in pace as the city braced for the worst of Hurricane Irene.

As it turned out, Irene’s impact with North Carolina weakened the storm, and it never regained its strength.

So far, at least fifteen people in six states have died as a result of Hurricane Irene.

The storm is currently heading northeast toward New England with sixty mile per hour winds.

Much of New Jersey is flooded, and the governor has recommended that people in that state not leave their homes. Additionally, flooding in New York City is threatening the city’s underground electrical infrastructure.

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Irene Postpones MLK Memorial Dedication

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Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene.

Six governors have declared states of emergency as the storm tracks north toward the United States’ Eastern Seaboard.

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