Published: Sep 01, 2011 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 27, 2012 9:37 PM EDT

WALLINGTON, N.J. (AP) - Repair estimates indicate the damage from Hurricane Irene will almost certainly rank among the nation's costliest natural disasters.
 
Even as rivers finally stopped rising in Vermont, New Jersey, and Connecticut, many communities and farm areas remained flooded, and officials said complete damage estimates were nowhere in sight.
 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated the damage to his state alone at $1 billion. In North Carolina, where Irene blew ashore along the Outer Banks, Gov. Beverly Perdue said the hurricane destroyed more than 1,100 homes and caused at least $70 million in damage.
 
National Guard helicopters continue to ferry supplies to mountain communities in Vermont that had no electricity, no telephone service and limited transportation in or out.
 
Power outages persisted across the region. The storm killed at least 45 people.