30 August 2011
Last updated at 01:38
New York and other US east coast cities awoke on Monday morning to begin work on the lingering problems caused by Irene, which hit some states as a hurricane and some as a tropical storm.
With homes lost, roads and rail lines submerged, and power lines down, the cost has been estimated at up to $7bn (£4.3bn).
Roads in coastal areas - such as Highway 12 in North Carolina - are currently impassable in spots.
Billy Stinson, pictured on the left, is one of many who have lost their homes. He helps his daughter to the steps of his destroyed cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina - where Irene first made landfall.
These residents in the Vermont town of Windsor watch as water rushes over a dam.
Hundreds have had to be evacuated in the neighbouring state of Vermont as heavy rains have caused flash flooding across the area.
Airports and New York's subway reopened on Monday while other roads and railways remain closed. In this picture, a man walks on top of a wall next to a flooded highway in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Andre Kozlov, 38, walks through his flooded basement in Hoboken, New Jersey.
President Barack Obama has warned that although the storm has passed danger remains - particularly from flooding and power cuts.
Those power cuts include more than 3 million people on the eastern seaboard.
But officials in many parts of the heavily-populated east coast are breathing a sigh of relief that the damage has not been worse.