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Vermont celebrates old bridge, new state forest

Both the Jim Jeffords State Forest and the Brown Bridge National Historic Landmark projects took several years to come together - a delay in part due to area damage from Hurricane Irene. In a twist of irony, or maybe fate, the forest project may now help protect the Brown Bridge from future damage.

Hurricane Irene

January 1, 1970

Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least 40 people in 11 states. (AP)