In The Wake Of Irene, Rivers Cut New Paths Through Vermont

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When all of Irene’s rain
poured into rivers across the state, many surged over their banks, inundating
towns and farmland. And some even changed course, and cut new paths through
roads and backyards. We talk to Mike Kline, the State Rivers
Program Manager at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and State
Geologist Larry Becker, about the geology of the rivers and the lasting
impact of this historic storm on the state’s landscape. We’ll also explore what
recourse – if any – property owners might have if they now have a river running
through their land.

Also on the program, Senator
Patrick Leahy was in Vermont last week, touring damaged areas by helicopter and
talking with people in heavily damaged towns. He joins us from Washington, where he’s now working on getting federal aid
dollars to flood victims in Vermont and other areas hit hard by Irene.

And as part of our series on
how 9/11 has affected us, VPR’s Steve Zind reports on the changing role of the
National Guard.

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