(NEW YORK) -- Flooding across parts of the East Coast is still a major issue in Hurricane Irene's wake, as the death toll rises to over three dozen across seven states, and thousands have found themselves stranded and without electricity for days to come.
Vermont is currently experiencing the worst flooding the state has seen in 84 years, which has the governor calling for "all the help we can get." At least two people are dead and one is missing in the state beset with washed-out bridges and destroyed roadways.
Roads to a number of communities in the state remain cut off due to the flooding. A total of a dozen bridges have been lost so far, including some of the state's iconic covered bridges.
Almost a foot of rain was dumped on Vermont as Irene passed through. Rivers were already high from a wetter than average summer and heavy snowfall in the winter.
All Vermont state offices are closed, and the National Guard has deployed six rapid response teams.
"This event unfolded much faster than anyone anticipated," Vermont National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Lloyd Goodrow said.
President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Vermont Monday morning.
"We're continuing to deal with the impact and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene," Obama said Monday. "We're going to make sure folks have all the support they need as they begin to assess and repair the damage left by the storm."
In Little Falls, New Jersey, floodwaters are covering cars, and the city has set up a shelter for the 400,000 families that live in this area to ride out what will be an incredibly anxious night. The water rose at 2 inches an hour by one estimate.
"We're not out of the woods yet regarding this storm," Gov. Chris Christie told a gathering at the Raritan River in Manville, New Jersey. He said waters had hit record levels at nine locations and warned that the Passaic River had not yet crested.
The Ramapo, Pompton and Pequannock rivers in Wayne, New Jersey are also expected to crest sometime Tuesday. These rivers will remain at "major flood" levels through Thursday.
Although New York City managed to avoid a wallop from the storm, inland towns and counties upstate saw more than 13 inches of rain as the storm pummeled parts of the Hudson Valley.
Fallen branches and demolished bridges have hindered road travel across the area, while at least three towns in New York remain cut off by flooded roads and bridges.
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