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August 30, 2011

Vermont Emergency Operations Center Update

Critical information: Supplies being provided to communities by state and national authorities will be distributed by the individual town. Please contact your municipal office to find out where they will be distributed. The towns receiving supplies are:

By air:

Cavendish

Granville

Killington/Mendon

Hancock

Marlboro

Pittsfield

Plymouth

Rochester

Stockbridge

Strafford

Stratton

Wardsboro

By ground transport:

Ira

Grafton

Halifax

Searsburg

Wilmington

Woodford

Woodstock

BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont continues recovery efforts following the storm that hit the state Sunday and Monday. The situation is constantly changing; this is the latest information from the state Emergency Operations Center.

So far, there have been three fatalities due to the storm. It is expected an additional death will result as the missing person from Mendon has yet to be found.

There are currently 13 communities that are unreachable by vehicle due to road damage. There are more than 200 roads that are still impassable state wide and all 500 road workers from the Agency of Transportation are on the street today working on repairs. Much of that staff is working with local road crews to make isolated towns accessible.

511 or www.511vt.com is available for state road conditions. THE PUBLIC IS ASKED TO NOT CALL 211 FOR ROAD CLOSURES – THEY DO NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION AND THE EXTRA CALLS ARE IMPEDING THE STATE’S ABILITY TO REACH THOSE WHO NEED TO REPORT DAMAGE OR SHELTER INFORMATION.

The 13 isolated communities and another 8 that have only limited access will be receiving food, water and other necessities from the state later today. These supplies will be trucked or flown in to communities, depending on accessibility, by the Vermont National Guard. The provisions were shipped in Monday night from the federal staging area in Massachusetts.

The Vermont State Police continue in their efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of those in flooded towns. 130 troopers and detectives have been providing security to communities, monitoring roads looking for compromised or otherwise dangerous sections, and welfare checks. The VSP has also been responding to accidents in damaged areas. Travel in damaged areas is strongly discouraged as it can be dangerous and it could hamper road repair, utility restoration and other recovery efforts.

The Red Cross has operated shelters on an ongoing basis since Sunday morning. Hundreds of people have spent the night at a shelter or have been fed by the Red Cross.

20,000 power customers are still without service. Utility crews have restored power to more than 30,000 customers since Sunday. Some could be without service until the end of the week as road conditions are making it difficult to access some areas.

President Barack Obama approved a Federal Disaster Declaration for Vermont on Monday morning. The declaration will provide 75 reimbursement to communities for repairs to public infrastructure like roads, bridges, and public buildings.

Those returning to flooded homes must have a licensed electrician inspect their electrical system before taking residence. Those who have pollutants like fuel oil or any other hazardous materials should call a professional hazmat cleaning service to clear it up.

Vermont Emergency Management will operate its Emergency Operations Center at the FEMA offices in Burlington at least until the end of the week. Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: August 30, 2011 14:23:08