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New Yorkers clean up, regroup after Irene’s wallop

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Roadways remain closed and thousands of people around New York are still without power the day after Tropical Storm Irene slogged up the East Coast and dumped buckets of rain on the region.

Major roads including two long stretches of the New York State Thruway were still closed. In some Hudson Valley communities, scores of local roads were impassable while in the North Country, the two main routes around Lake Placid were flooded.

Irene poured record rainfalls into already saturated rivers, streams and creeks.

State officials and downstream residents warily eyed major dams holding back drinking water reservoirs. The Pepacton Dam in hard hit Delaware County was spilling early Monday morning and people who live below it were encouraged — but not ordered — to leave for a while.