9.5.11]-----It's been 8 days since downgraded hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast and parts are still suffering from her wrath.
The hardest hit areas of Vermont and New Jersey are struggling to recover from the storm's deluge of water and wind and are still under a state of emergency.
President Obama, accompanied by Governorand Township Mayor Christopher Vergano, toured Wayne, New Jersey on Sunday as many families waited for permission to return to their homes. City officials are currently running inspections on electrical connections to ensure residents safety.
Many businesses and homes have been under flood waters and some are completed unlivable even now, with thousands still without electricity.
In Vermont, the situation continues to be dire, as over 13 towns have been isolated by floods and streams turned raging rivers. The National Guard has been air-lifting food and water to the stranded residents. 3 people reportedly lost their lives as a result of the storm.
In North Carolina, some residents are now allowed to return to their homes in places like Hatteras Island and the village of Buxton. Many still remain in shelters across the East Coast.
As the clean-up efforts lumbers on, New York City is lucky to have restored airports and public transportation services.
Meanwhile, the death toll for Irene has now risen to 44 and according to CNN, the damages have been estimated at $6 billion so far.