Communities Pouring Out Irene Stories

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Five months after Tropical Storm inundated Vermont, people from one end of the state to the other are recording their memories of what happened.

In books, videos and oral histories, people are telling their stories of wading through swamped homes to save their pets, their belongings or, in some cases, escaping with their lives.

In Waterbury, one of the hardest-hit communities, the soft-cover book "When the River Rose" is part community memoir, part personal catharsis and part recovery fundraising tool.

In Bethel, a group of seventh-graders shared their stories in a separate memoir called "Grab your Toothbrush and a Flashlight!" The book has sold well enough for the kids to make a donation to the town select board to help pay for ongoing recovery efforts.

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