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Globe Staff / August 29, 2011

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Tropical Storm Irene rumbled through New England yesterday, downing trees, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of residents, and disrupting transportation throughout the state. Here is what to expect in the storm’s aftermath:

MBTA Subway, bus, and commuter rail service will resume today on a normal operating schedule, said Richard Davey, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s general manager. But he advised commuters to check the MBTA’s website and media outlets for possible delays, especially on the D Line branch of the Green Line, which had trees fall along its tracks.

Roadways Interstate 91 from Whately to Greenfield could remain closed today because of flood waters from the nearby Deerfield River, said a State Police spokesman, David Procopio. Several other roadways in western areas of the state, including parts of Route 8 in North Adams, Otis, and Sandisfield, and parts of Route 20 in Becket, Chester, and Westfield, could also remain shut down until flood waters recede and authorities can inspect them, he said.

Roadway tolls will resume today, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Businesses, mail, services Businesses will open at their own discretion.

The US Postal Service will attempt to deliver mail to areas where it is safe, said a spokeswoman, Christine Dugas.

Trash collection in Boston will proceed on its normal schedule, according to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s office.

Power outages Scott MacLeod, a spokesman for the state emergency management agency, said it could be days or up to a week before power is fully restored to the half-million people who lost it.

Downed trees, power lines Boston residents who spot downed trees or power lines should call the mayor’s hot line at 617-635-4500. Springfield residents should call their power company or 911, said Bob Hassett, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Airport Logan International Airport will open as usual today, officials said, but passengers should check with their airline for delays.

Amtrak All Amtrak service between Boston and Philadelphia is canceled because of extensive flooding, debris on tracks, and power issues. In addition, all Acela Express service between Boston and Washington is canceled. Several other routes are canceled and passengers should check for service advisories at www.amtrak.com or by calling customer service at 800-872-7245.

Ferry The Steamship Authority is expected to resume a normal ferry operating schedule to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket today as soon as the US Coast Guard reopens southeastern New England ports.

Insurance Residents should be sure to take photographs of damage before making any temporary repairs, as well as keep any receipts for repair costs to show their insurance agent, according to the disaster guide published by the state Division of Insurance. Any belongings considered to be a total loss should not be thrown away until an insurance agent has examined them, as well, but any items soaked because of flood waters should be put to dry as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

Financial markets The New York Stock Exchange and other financial markets are expected to open today, according to the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City.

Compiled by Globe correspondents L. Finch, Miriam Valverde, and Neena Satija.