• In this Oct. 11, 2011 photo, the damaged Vermont State Hospital is seen in Waterbury, Five years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene forced the closing of the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, much of the system has been rebuilt, but challenges remain. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, file)

    After Irene forces reckoning, mental health care rebuilt

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For most Vermonters, Tropical Storm Irene was a disaster that tore roads, communities and lives apart. But for many of the state’s neediest mental health patients, it was a blessing in disguise.

  • Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence talks with Terry Munson, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Kokomo, Ind. Munson's home was hit by a tornado that passed through the area Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    When touring disasters, politicians weigh image, distraction

    KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — In a dramatic, made-for-camera arrival, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stepped off a Blackhawk helicopter to tour tornado-damaged neighborhoods Thursday, giving out hugs and promising swift assistance a day after several twisters touched down.

  • President Barack Obama is greeted as he tours Castle Place, a flood-damaged area of Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Crews hauling away debris as Louisiana cleanup continues

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Heavy trucks and their works crews have begun hauling away mounds of moldy carpet, warped flooring and water-damaged furniture as south Louisiana digs out from flooding the governor estimated Tuesday had wrecked more than 100,000 homes.

  • President Barack Obama is greeted by, from left, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. David Vitter, R-La. after arriving on Air Force One at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is traveling to the area to survey the flood damage. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama visits flood-damaged Louisiana in show of support

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he’s been slow to respond to the disaster.