BLUE POINT - Local and state officials began assessing storm damage in the Town of Brookhaven today where many South Shore communities were the hardest hit by Hurricane Irene.

Authorities were out in full force, touring the damaged areas by air, foot and boat to figure out exactly how costly the cleanup will be. They say the damage ranges from downed power lines and trees to flooded yards.

Congressman Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and state Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) were among those assessing damage. They flew over a large portion of the Island in a Coast Guard helicopter and say they're relieved it wasn't worse.

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