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Gov. O'Malley visits residents of Millington on hurricane damage tour

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More than two dozen houses in the tiny Eastern Shore town of Millington are a soggy mess.

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Gov. Martin O'Malley, right, visited with residents of Millington to see the hurricane damage.

After 14 inches of rain fell in this corner of Queen Anne's County, it got to be more than the upper reaches of the Chester River could handle.

The rising water took out a railroad bed and then Lonny Manley's house.

"When I left, it was up to my chest," Manley said.

His neighbor Isabelle Gazelle says the water in her house was over her head.

Every house on one stretch of Sassafras Street flooded. Now their yards are covered with soaked and muddy belongings.

"It's heartbreaking to see all your stuff gone away, all your pictures and stuff," Gazelle said.

Gazelle shared her story with Governor Martin O'Malley Wednesday afternoon as he concluded a two day tour of hurricane damage.

Earlier, he visited the Annapolis home of Sandra Torono, or what's left of it anyway.Aa falling tree split her home and landed on her couch minutes after she stood up.

"It sounded like a second earthquake…crunch!," Torono said. "And then it came right through the roof."

What all the Irene victims who've spoken to O'Malley, and ABC, say is that this was a bad one.

In Southern Maryland, they want help with downed trees. In annapolis its insurance claims and electricity.

In Millington, Lonny Manley says he needs all the help he can get.

"You lose everything; anything you can get is something," Manley said.

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