Hurricane Irene may be long gone from Virginia, but dealing with its aftermath is far from over. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, state officials are grateful things weren’t any worse.
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Governor McDonnell says along with all the power outages, there are still trees down, roads flooded piers damaged, and some rivers still rising. McDonnell says says the human toll could have been much worse, though, had most state residents not heeded warnings, prepared for the storm in advance, and stayed inside as it hit. But McDonnell is still reminding Virginians that half the deaths from Hurricane Isabel came during this similar period, well after the storm had left.