7 months after Irene, more cleanups in NY and Vt.
CHARLESTON, N.Y.—Seven months after the deluge of Tropical Storm Irene, cleanups continue and worries remain in upstate New York and Vermont.
Farmers are still grappling with crop-smothering rocks, trees, gravel and sand left behind when the flood waters receded. And they're also concerned that the gray or even sandy white soil left behind by Irene will affect yields.
Some local governments worry about new floods as they continue to clear piles of trees, rocks and household debris from stream banks.
Rural, hilly areas in New York and Vermont were hit especially hard hit by flooding when Irene soaked the East Coast last August.
In the Adirondacks, Essex County officials say there is still a "tremendous amount of debris" to remove along rivers and tributaries.
Rathke reported from Rochester, Vt.