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September 15, 2008

Disaster Declaration Granted for Severe Summer Storms

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas’ request for a federal disaster declaration that will provide financial assistance to communities as they recover from this summer’s most recent round of heavy rains and flooding.

Governor Douglas said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration includes towns and cities in Addison, Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Washington and Windsor counties that were damaged between July 21st and August 12th. Funds will go to communities to rebuild roads, repair bridges, and remove debris like gravel and tree limbs from public rights of way. Much of this work has already been done and communities will be able to apply funds to cover 75 of all recovery costs, including overtime paid to municipal employees.

The declaration also makes all of Vermont’s counties eligible for assistance to state and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, for actions to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

“Our local and state highway crews and emergency responders did a great job keeping residents safe during the most recent round of severe storms,” Governor Jim Douglas said. “They worked hard to get roads open as soon as possible and I’m very pleased that our federal partners have again offered us their support.”

Vermont’s Agency of Transportation has been working closely with damage assessment teams from FEMA and is still collecting damage reports from towns. Any town in the affected counties can still report damage to its local AOT office for the purposes of re-imbursement. The damage must have occurred in the incident period to qualify.

FEMA will hold applicant briefings for town officials to help educate them on the application process. The dates, times, and locations of those meetings will likely be released within the next week.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: September 15, 2008 08:53:39