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Vermont and North Carolina tackle Hurricane Irene damage

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has re-opened five bridges and 20 sections of road that were closed following this week’s Hurricane Irene. Roads are also steadily re-opening in North Carolina.

“Our top priority continues to be establishing emergency access to the isolated communities, while simultaneously developing plans for temporary and permanent repairs throughout the system,” said Vermont Agency of Transportation secretary Brian Searles.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said “planning and permitting work” is underway for the repair of a “severely” damaged bridge near the Aurora ferry terminal. The ferry terminal itself will be repaired today. At Stumpy Point in Dare County, culverts have collapsed and a sinkhole has formed.

Many roads have re-opened across the state, but in a number of counties downed trees and power lines are hindering the process. “Engineers believe it could take a month to fully clear primary routes,” the department said.

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