7 months after Irene, more cleanups in NY and Vt.

Seven months after the deluge of Tropical Storm Irene, cleanups continue and worries remain in upstate New York and Vermont.

Meghan Morrow sweeps mud and debris from what is left of the Windham Spa, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in Windham, N.Y. Officials say more than a dozen towns in Vermont and at least three in New York are cut off, with roads and bridges washed out by flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene. In New York, the towns of Keene in the Adirondacks, and Windham and Phoenicia in the Catskills are effectively isolated by damage to roads and bridges. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

CHARLESTON, N.Y. (AP) -- 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.


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