Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Irene: submerged US Army truck drives through flood waters

Incredible amateur footage recorded in the wake of Hurricane Irene shows a US Army vehicle driving through flooding in New Jersey despite being almost totally covered by water.

In the short clip two National Guard trucks can be seen driving through the submerged streets of Manville, New Jersey, in water so deep that only the vehicles' roofs are visible.

The footage emerged as towns and cities across the north east of the United States began to count the cost after Hurricane Irene struck, causing flooding, power cuts, and widespread devastation.

At least 44 people in eight states have now been killed, many through drowning, as estimates of the damage caused to property alone reached $13 billion (£8 billion).

More than 500,000 homes and businesses across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire were left without electricity, as rivers around the north-east burst their banks.

Another 285,000 homes and firms in eastern Canada lost power after being struck by Irene as it left the US, bringing the total dealing with blackouts to more than 5.5 million people. source