Tucson man returns after travelling to face Irene with father

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Although not as destructive as many people had feared, Hurricane Irene led to at least 38 deaths.  The deaths are spread across 10 states.

Millions are still without power on the East Coast.  It could take weeks to get the lights back on for some homes.

Airports are re-opening but still 1,500 flights were cancelled Monday.

A car was swept away by severe flooding in Vermont.  Three vehicles got washed down a river in the southwest part of the state.

No one inside any of them.

At least 15 towns in Vermont and New York are cut off thanks to floods washing out roads and bridges.

That includes a 140-year-old covered bridge being swept away.

The flooding itself contributed to several of the deaths.

As the cleanup begins on the East Coast, Tucson's World Care is already sending relief.

They're asking the public to help with supplies and money.  Two semi trucks are already in route to the East Coast full of donations, but they're still looking for more to send out.

"We respond to every disaster, each one we consider a major disaster and we want to always respond and the community always backs us when we do respond," said Janet Wood from World Care.

World Care says they're looking for hygiene and medical care products as those are some of the most widely needed items for hurricane victims.

Irene caused major disruptions for transportation system forcing the cancelation of some 12,000 flights over the weekend.

But not even the threat of a hurricane could stop one Tucsonan from visiting his father.

Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard all weekend.  Flights resumed Monday and welcomed back a local man who survived the storm in North Carolina.

"Spent the weekend without any power in a catagory 2 hurricane," said Phil Lineberry.

And there's no way a catagory 2 hurricane and numerous travel warnings would prevent him from going east.

"I went to go visit my father in North Carolina, he's sick with cancer," said Lineberry.

It was his first time in a hurricane and he collected several images of it from his father's front porch.

"It was pretty bad, high winds and thankfully there were trees by his house and some houses got clipped and trees fell on them," said Lineberry.  "The water level went up a good 10-12 feet."

The cleanup has begun on the East Coast.  And even though Phil's happy to home in the dry desert, family will always come first.

"Hurricane or not, it wouldn't stop ya from getting out there to see your dad, not at all," said Lineberry.

Air travel nationwide remained a little sluggish Monday with about 1600 flights canceled as air carriers began sending planes they had moved inland back to the East Coast.