Just because broadcasters and meteorologists on the television are no longer screaming in panic about the destruction of Hurricane Irene doesn't mean that this tragedy is over. Not by a long shot. In fact, the damage is still being done:
States along the East Coast continue to feel the impact from Hurricane Irene, which later turned into a Tropical Storm.
The storm has now been blamed for 44 deaths in 13 states.
In New Jersey, although rivers have crested and slowly are beginning to recede, the water continues to destroy homes and businesses.
While residents begin clean up, attention is now turning toward Tropical Storm Katia which is gaining strength in the mid-Atlantic and could become a hurricane later today.
Right now Modest Needs is asking people across the country who want to help those affected by the storm to contribute to a very special "modest" fund that will be reserved specifically for those with requests brought on by Hurricane Irene.
This storm is still a disaster. With your help, we can see to it that these families get right back on their feet.
[Photo by David Shankbone]