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Hurricane Irene and its remnants, raked the Caribbean, the eastern U.S. and Canada for more than a week. Though it never hit the U.S. as anything stronger than a minimal hurricane, it killed at least 67 people in all and ranks as the costliest Category 1 storm on record since 1980. It caused an estimated $15.8 billion in total damage.

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On August 29, 2011, Units deployed to the streets and areas of severe flooding, rescuing several citizens from the rising waters. Vermont Guard UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook helicopters and PLS Trucks off-load pallets of food, water, generators and other essentials throughout Vermont. Engineers continued for over a month.

 Boat in Flooded Street

Waters flooded the streets in many Vermont towns, requiring small boats and large trucks to maneuver after the storm. The force and depth of the water swept away campers, military vehicles and even homes during the flood.
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