Hurricane Irene caused major damage, even if the news cycle has abandoned that story. Here is a first-person video from someone in Vermont showing the amazing amount of flooding in his area:
Modest Needs is creating a Hurricane Irene fund specifically for those affected by the storm. When you contribute to Modest Needs, you can now specify that your gift go to Hurricane Irene victims. So, if you want to directly help those who mainstream media has forgotten, Modest Needs is the way.