WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene that ripped up roads and washed into living rooms across Vermont also took a dramatic toll on the state's quaint old villages.That's a big problem for a small state that cherishes its history.The classic villages of clapboard and stone buildings hugging the state's rivers and streams are the essence of Vermont and a big tourist draw.A preliminary survey of downtowns and village centers around the state found more than 700 buildings with at least some flood damage, though the ultimate number statewide is believed to be far higher.The Preservation Trust of Vermont found about a fifth of the buildings they surveyed had actual structural damage to the foundation or elsewhere.



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