Celebration and mourning in Vt. a year after Irene

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Posted: Aug 29, 2012 2:22 AM
Celebration and mourning in Vt. a year after Irene

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — Bells have been ringing across Vermont on the first anniversary of the remnants of Hurricane Irene, one of the greatest natural disasters to hit the state.

Many residents paused on Tuesday to reflect on how far the state has come since the storm.

Gov. Peter Shumlin requested 30 seconds of bell ringing by churches and town halls at 7 p.m.

The landlocked state suffered the worst damage along Irene's trail of destruction, which left more than 65 people dead from the Caribbean to Canada. The storm unleashed the worst flooding in recent memory in Vermont, killing six people, wiping out hundreds of homes and businesses and cutting off towns with miles of wiped-out roads and dozens of destroyed bridges.