It was more the center and eastern part of the state that took the brunt of Irene (we barely even got any rain in the Burlington area) but they have largely recovered. I wish I could say the political culture here recovered as well.
Vermont has been in tough straights for decades
The state is so hostile to business that I doubt any out of state companies would ever build a plant here now. I work for IBM and the state has dumped on them for years. IBM built their newest fab in NY because they could break ground there in 9 months. Vermont officials hinted that it would take about a decade for the permits. IBM has been pushing for a bypass road in the area for 30 years.
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I had family up there on the Champlain Islands during Irene; they said there was a lot of flooding. I was in Burlington this past summer, and didn’t see much effect.
A friend who lives up there describes Vermont as a state where the residents want the other 49 states to subsidize them as one giant park. It is a shame, because they used to have real industry up there; as I understand it part of the decline in fortunes came when railroads replaced the lakes/canals as the main transporter of goods.