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Airlines said it would be days before the thousands of passengers stranded by Irene find their way home. Amtrak service was still out Tuesday between Philadelphia and New York, one of the most heavily traveled parts of the nation’s passenger rail system. Some Amtrak trains were operating between New York and Boston and between Philadelphia and Washington.
Commuter train service between New Jersey and New York City resumed Tuesday, except for one line that was still dealing with flooding.
Throughout the region, hundreds of roads were impassable because of flooding or fallen trees, and some bridges simply had given way, including a 156-year-old hand-hewn, wooden covered bridge across Schoharie Creek in Blenheim, N.Y. At least three towns in New York remained cut off by flooded roads and bridges.
Early estimates put Irene’s damage at $7 billion to $10 billion, much smaller than the impact of monster storms such as Hurricane Katrina, which did more than $100 billion in damage. Irene’s effects are small compared with the overall U.S. economy, which produces about $14 trillion worth of goods and services every year.
In Newfane (population 1,710), the storm’s effects were staggering: About 150 people were unable to drive cars to their homes, 30 of them effectively stranded in theirs. Seven bridges were washed out. Two homes were knocked from their foundations by surging floodwaters. And one 19th-century grist mill was smashed into kindling wood.
“I need a shower,” Mrs. Saylor said. “I need water. I need electricity. It’s rough.”
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers John Christoffersen in East Haven, Conn.; Kevin Begos in Pittsburgh; Michael Gormley in Albany, N.Y.; Michael Hill in Woodstock, N.Y.; David Porter in Pompton Lakes, N.J.; Michael Rubinkam in Easton, Pa.; Erika Niedowski in Providence, R.I.; Laura Crimaldi in Cranston, R.I.; Dave Gram in Montpelier, Vt.; and Samantha Bomkamp, Eileen A.J. Connelly, Anne D’Innocenzio, Verena Dobnik, Jon Fahey, Chris Kahn, Karen Matthews, Jennifer Peltz, Christina Rexrode and Karen Zraick in New York.
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