Hurricane Irene ripped through New England last August, causing severe flooding and catastrophic damage to any watershed in its path. Entire roads were washed away, bridges collapsed and sunken, people’s houses swallowed whole. No other state in New England suffered more than Vermont. The flooding that resulted was the worst the state has seen in 83 years. President Obama declared the state an emergency area, and soon the state was flooded with FEMA representatives and National Guardsmen, to help clean up the mess, and re-shape the rivers.