This town, among the hardest hit in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, was still without electricity and phone service on Wednesday. But Rochester also suffered a different kind of nightmare. A gentle downtown brook swelled into a torrent and ripped through Woodlawn Cemetery, unearthing about 25 caskets and strewing their remains throughout downtown.

Many of the graves were about 30 years old, and none of the burials was recent.Yesterday, those remains were still outside, covered by blue tarps. Scattered bones on both sides of Route 100 were marked by small red flags.

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