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2 years after Irene, Vermont’s recovery nears end

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished  in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished  in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is  seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is  seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen.  Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

  • FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen.  Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this  Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this  Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • 8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • 8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished  in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is  seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen.  Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this  Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • 8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished  in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished  in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is  seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is  seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen.  Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
  • FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen.  Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this  Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this  Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • 8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • 8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, workers weed a field at Kara Fitzgerald's new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald looks at the river which destroyed her Evening Song Farm during Tropical Storm Irene in Wallingford, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald stands at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, an abandoned home still lies askew in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Cheryl Harvey of Harvey's Plumbing and Excavating takes note on a house to be demolished  in Pittsfield, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, markers locate the site of new graves in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, destruction on Route 4 from Tropical Storm Irene is  seen in Killington, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty trailer home lot is seen in the Weston's Mobile Home Park which was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo in Rochester, Vt., the damaged Woodlawn Cemetery is seen.  Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, a grave stone is engraved with the date of Tropical Storm Irene in Woodlawn Cemetery where many graves were washed away in Rochester, Vt. Two years after  Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a ruined mobile home is seen in Weston's Mobile Home Park in Berlin, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  •  FILE-In this Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, residents stand in line outside the grocery store in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE- This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo shows Vermont Route 4, washed out by Irene, in Killington, Vt. Vermont's congressional delegation says the federal government has provided more than $556 million to help the state recover from damage caused by Irene. On Friday, Aug. 24, 2013, the delegation released figures that show a variety of federal agencies have spent or promised to spend money in a variety of categories including $210 million for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, an empty lot is all that is left of a home destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this  Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, a house lies in ruins from Tropical Storm Irene in Rochester, Vt. Two years after Tropical Storm Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the repairs -- not including private donations and money people spent on their own recovery -- and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo, a bicyclist rides along the single lane of Vermont Route 107 that has been rebuilt since it was washed out by flood waters of the White River in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • FILE-In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, an excavator works on rebuilding Vermont Route 107 next to the White River in Bethel, Vt. Huge sections of the road were washed completely away. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • 8In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. In what some consider a bit of an engineering marvel, a three-mile section of Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, a major east-west highway, that was destroyed by the storm was rebuilt and reopened in 119 days, a job that normally would have taken two years. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
  • In this Aug. 22, 2013 photo, Kara Fitzgerald weeds a field at her new farm location in Shrewsbury, Vt. Two years after Irene washed away ten acres of summer crops and topsoil, Evening Song Farm is back selling produce_ thanks in part to borrowed money and borrowed land. Today she grows crops on a hillside about a mile away. Like thousands of other Vermonters whose lives were changed by Irene, the 28-year-old farmer picked  up with the help of strangers, loans, a small amount of government assistance and work. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Two years after Tropical Storm Irene washed 10 acres of crops and an entire field of top soil down a valley between the Vermont mountains, Evening Song Farm is distributing produce again. But it will be years, if ever, before the ground is productive again.

Kara Fitzgerald and Ryan Wood-Beauchamp now grow their crops on a hillside about a mile away. The soil there is damp and not as good as the bottom land along the river, but with careful attention, over time, it can get better.

Like thousands of Vermonters whose lives were forever changed by Irene, the 28-year-old vegetable farmers picked themselves up with help from strangers, a small amount of government assistance and a series of loans.

And work. Hard, never-ending work.

“In some ways we feel like the storm was yesterday. Our recovery is still full-on,” Fitzgerald said one recent morning as she took a break from picking carrots. “It was a real good opportunity to throw in the towel.”

Two summers after Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on parts of the Green Mountains, the state is nearing the end of its official recovery. The state and federal governments have spent more than $565 million to help Vermont recover – not including private donations and money people spent on their own – and the final bill is nowhere near ready to be counted.

There are still hundreds of people and businesses whose recovery is still in progress and some are still looking for permanent homes. Nevertheless, a series of celebrations and commemorations are planned for this week, starting with Wednesday’s anniversary.

“It doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to do,” said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who will visit the hard-hit community of Wilmington on Wednesday and eat chili at Dot’s, an iconic local restaurant all but destroyed by the storm but now a potent symbol of the town’s resilience. “We’re going to make sure everybody gets the help they need, and they will.”

When Irene roared up the coast, it killed at least 46 people in 13 states with a handful more in the Caribbean. Many in the northeast breathed a sigh of relief when the New York City area was largely spared.

But then the storm settled over the Green Mountains and Irene became the biggest natural disaster to hit Vermont since an epic 1927 flood.

Irene killed six in Vermont, left thousands homeless and damaged or destroyed more than 200 bridges and 500 miles of highway. Of the state’s 251 towns, 225 had infrastructure damage.

Thirteen communities were cut off from the outside world after flooding washed out roads, electricity and telephone communication. National Guard helicopters spent days ferrying supplies to stranded residents.

When the waters receded at last, the state created a cabinet-level position to focus on recovery and opened nine long-term offices to help residents. More than 150 cases remain open.

Shumlin will stop in Waterbury on Thursday to talk about the state office complex, most of which was abandoned after the storm overflowed the Winooski River. The state has a $124 million plan for the complex that is waiting for funding.

Once housed in a leased building on the edge of the complex, the Hunger Mountain Children’s Center is getting ready to start its third school year in a church that was supposed to be a temporary space. Although the day care’s previous home only had water in the basement, the building remains empty, caught up in planning.

The center hopes to buy their old building and another next door so it can expand from its current enrollment of about 35 children, said business manager Amanda Olney.

“As devastating as it was to have to move all of our stuff out of that building and into the church and transition there, if it works and we are able to go back and expand, it really has worked out for us,” Olney said.

Evening Song Farm was in just its first season when Irene hit, forcing Fitzgerald and Wood-Beauchamp to evacuate. When they returned the next day, their house and barn were fine but a summer’s worth of crops was gone.

Within days, they’d plowed up a fresh half-acre to plant garlic before the season ended and borrowed land to plant fast-growing greens for their customers.

Fitzgerald and Wood-Beauchamp have since bought a neighboring plot. They’re building a house, improving drainage and adding nutrients to the soil in hopes of better yields in future years.

http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/global-warming-and-hurricanes....In summary, neither our model projections for the 21st century nor our analyses of trends in Atlantic hurricane and tropical storm counts over the past 120+ yr support the notion that greenhouse gas-induced warming leads to large increases in either tropical storm or overall hurricane numbers in the Atlantic. A new modeling study projects a large (~100%) increase in Atlantic category 4-5 hurricanes over the 21st century, but we estimate that this increase may not be detectable until the latter half of the century.

Wonder where you read that GWTW. I can just imagine. The hurricanes that hit and the tornados, actually all the storms are higher in intensity and last longer than previously. Today I read (in the CM's little magazine) an article on allergies. I don't think they were trying to be controversial when it said that ragweed lasts longer in Northern states since the first frost is usually about 3 weeks later than previous. Like the man said who you going to believe Sununu or your own eyes.

I read it on the WBZ weather update. Name the hurricanes that hit the US while Obama was president.

answer found here = http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/slowest-start-to-a-hurricane-season-on-record/

Slowest start ever this year for hurricanes. I read that the Obama admin has had to deal with the fewest hurricanes of any president. In 1886, I think 9 hit the US. What have there been since 2009...3? Anywho, good luck to these hard working folks.

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