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October 09, 2012

State Releases Report on Community Listening Sessions Held Throughout Vermont in the Wake of 2011 Floods.

The Community Recovery Partnership (CRP) today released a report by the Irene Recovery Office outlining the lessons learned from the August 28, 2011 storm, and documenting the collaboration that has helped restore the quality of life to many of Vermont’s hard hit businesses, residents and communities.

Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed the Community Recovery Partnership to travel the state and document the issues facing flood survivors and responders. Leaders from throughout state government went on a listening tour through impacted communities to learn how to help strengthen their towns, economies and environment in the years ahead.

The report distills comments of over 500 people heard at 12 meetings in the hardest hit regions of the state. Meeting participants shared their ideas on what worked in recovery efforts, and identified a range of issues requiring further action from the state -- from debris management to insurance and communication challenges.

Another key component of the CRP focus was to lay the groundwork for a shared vision for the how we rebuild communities to recover more quickly from future events. An upshot of the CRP is a project in the Mad River Valley, for example, involving a dedicated group of local, state, federal, partners to explore the array of policy changes needed to safeguard residents from future flooding. Those issues include how to give rivers room to safely flow through villages and towns, ways to appropriately protect existing buildings and land, as well as options to protect or restore key floodplains.

“It will likely take years to fully recover from the impacts of the 2011 floods,” said Noelle MacKay, CRP meeting facilitator and Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. “A successful recovery requires resources, collaboration, commitment, and thinking outside the box. Projects like CRP that foster communication and coordination, as well as the upcoming project in Mad River Valley, give me confidence that when we look back ten years from now, we will be pleased with the results.”

Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Last Updated at: October 09, 2012 08:09:41