Rivers, Streams In Western Mass. A Big Concern After Irene

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It's clean-up day following tropical storm Irene. Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power Monday morning in Massachusetts because of downed wires.

Scott McLeod, a spokesman from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, joined Morning Edition Monday to talk about what's ahead for the agency in the days after Tropical Storm Irene.

“With the heavy amount of rain we had in a short amount of time, as well as all of the rain that fell north of us, we’re certainly still concerned and we’ll continue to monitor a number of those rivers and streams out west,” McLeod said.

“Some of the rivers and streams have crested and are on their way down but there are others. Some of the larger rivers and streams, like the Connecticut River, that don’t rise and fall as quickly, are a concern for us and we’ll be monitoring.”

This program aired on August 29, 2011.

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