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Pedestrian bridge with bank failure (photo by Sarah Lewis and used with permission)

Destruction from Irene, near Randolph, Vermont. Note that debris hung up on the bridge railings, indicating how high the waters were. Also, the bridge has been severed from the right bank by erosion outside the bridge abutment. (photo by Sarah Lewis and used with permission)

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