Irene Stranded Home

January 22, 2012 - 5:25 PM
In this photo taken Jan. 16, 2012, Kellie Burke of Bethel, Vt., looks out over what was her driveway before Gilhead Brook changed course during Tropical Storm Irene, washing away much of her land and creating an island out of her property. Since the storm, Burke, a 48-year-old high school librarian, and June Tierney, a 47-year-old lawyer who works for the state board that regulates utilities, have to cross a ford — a new, narrow road that dips into the old stream and has no guardrails — to get home, and face an uncertain future. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)