RUTLAND, Vt. — Vermonters are giving a rousing thank you to National Guard units from a number of states that helped repair damage caused by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Rutland Police Lt. Kevin Geno says veterans, school children and workers from the city’s Department of Public Works lined the route out of town today to say thank you to soldiers from Virginia who headed home.

On Friday, National Guard from Maine will be escorted by police from Rutland to the New Hampshire border.

Almost 200 National Guard soldiers belonging to Maine’s 262nd Engineers took part Vermont recovery efforts.

At least seven other states provided soldiers who helped Vermont road crews repair roads that were in some cases washed away entirely by Irene.

In the days after the storm, two states, New Hampshire and Illinois, provided helicopters that were used to bring food and other supplies to cut-off Vermonters.