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One Year Later, Vermont Still Recovering From Tropical Storm Irene

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Volunteers remove mud and debris from a real estate office that was flooded in Tropical Storm Irene, on West Main Street on August 31, 2011 in Wilmington, Vermont. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Volunteers remove mud and debris from a real estate office that was flooded in Tropical Storm Irene, on West Main Street on August 31, 2011 in Wilmington, Vermont. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene battered Vermont.

Roads, homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in several towns.

During the deluge, Mendon, Vermont Director of Emergency Management Scott Bradley and other emergency personnel shut down Route 4, the main highway connecting that part of Vermont to New Hampshire and New York.

Mendon essentially became an island on a mountainside, one of 13 Vermont communties that were cut off by the flooding.

Route 4 was washed away at many other points, and what happened next may have made American infrastructure history.

After Governor Peter Shumlin waived the standard permitting process, it reopened in less than 3 weeks!

One year later, WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Dave Mager takes a look at the recovery.

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