Just heard from my brother in Vermont. Irene demolished the restaurant where he was a sous chef. The structure is still there but the interior was gutted by flood waters.
He is now unemployed.
Say what you will about being over prepared and over-hyping storms by the media but if half the attention was being given to the devastation in the interior of New England today that was given to Irene yesterday, there would be a lot more hope for many.