Hurricane Irene's Path of Destruction: The Latest Photos of the Damage

on August 31 2011 11:02 AM

From the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the flooded hills of Vermont, Americans are assessing the damages from Hurricane Irene, with some estimates putting damages likely as high as $7 billion.

Irene left a trail of damage and dozens of people dead after making landfall in North Carolina early Saturday morning and driving up the East Coast over the weekend through the Jersey Shore and even beyond New York City.

Several New Jersey and Vermont communities are still struggling with severe flooding, while North Carolina residents pick up the pieces of their lives.

Take a look at Irene's path of destruction from the barrier islands of North Carolina to the flooded towns of the Northeast:

 

Irene Aftermath (4 of 10)

A sign marks a condemned building in Wilmington, Vermont August 29, 2011 after Hurricane Irene flooded the downtown. REUTERS

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Spencer Crispe looks into a business ruined by floodwaters from Hurricane Irene in Wilmington, Vermont August 29, 2011. REUTERS

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Flood waters remain several feet deep in Wayne, New Jersey August 30, 2011. New Jersey and Vermont continue to struggle with their worst flooding in decades on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked U.S. Northeast with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighborhoods underwater. REUTERS

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A man manoeuvres his boat near a rescue team through a flood caused by Hurricane Irene in Wayne, New Jersey August 30, 2011. New Jersey and Vermont continue to struggle with their worst flooding in decades on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked U.S. Northeast with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighborhoods underwater. REUTERS

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Flood waters remain several feet deep in Wayne, New Jersey August 30, 2011. New Jersey and Vermont continue to struggle with their worst flooding in decades on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked U.S. Northeast with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighborhoods underwater. REUTERS

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Residents use a boat to examine flooding in the town of Totowa, New Jersey August 30, 2011. New Jersey and Vermont continue to struggle with their worst flooding in decades on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked U.S. Northeast with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighborhoods underwater. REUTERS

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Water flows past flooded gravestones in the town of Totowa, New Jersey August 30, 2011. New Jersey and Vermont continue to struggle with their worst flooding in decades on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked U.S. Northeast with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighborhoods underwater. REUTERS

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