Crews reach far corners of Vermont cut off by Irene
Sandra Manzke paused a moment as an ATV whizzed by her small farm in Wardsboro, Vermont.
With no hot water or electricity, Manzke took stock of her situation Wednesday, three days after the remnants of Hurricane Irene left the town largely marooned.
She had a generator. Her two horses were alive. Eight inches of water in the basement was mostly gone.
“I am lucky,” she told CNN by phone. “There are people with houses in the water. They’ve lost everything.”
Officials in the Green Mountain State said they have reached a dozen communities that were cut off by the storm. They plan to open a makeshift road to Wardsboro, the last of them, on Thursday. Many people in the community of about 900 could not leave their property because of road damage, Manzke said.