After Irene, One Dead, 400K Without Power

By The Associated Press

Aug, 29, 2011

In this photo provided by Gregory Scheckler, floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Irene rush down a street in North Adams, Mass. on Sunday. (AP)

BOSTON — More than 400,000 Massachusetts households were without power Monday morning as 15 state-dispatched teams around the state worked to assess the damage of Tropical Storm Irene's hit on Massachusetts on Sunday.

One death was reported Monday morning after a municipal worker was apparently electrocuted at his home in Southbridge by a wire that came down during the storm.

The storm flooded roads on Sunday and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in western Massachusetts.

State police have reopened a stretch of Interstate 91 northbound that had been closed since Tropical Storm Irene moved through the region.

However, the southbound lanes between Sunderland and Greenfield remain closed Monday while state inspectors check a bridge for possible damage caused by high levels from the rain-swollen Deerfield River.

Gov. Deval Patrick visited some of the hardest-hit areas around Greenfield on Monday. He plans to meet with his cabinet and hold an afternoon news conference at the state's emergency management headquarters in Framingham.

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