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December 31, 2008

Governor Douglas visits southern communities impacted by ice storm

Montpelier, VT – Today Governor Jim Douglas toured three of the state’s southern towns that were heavily impacted during an ice storm on December 11, 2008. The storm impacted several towns in southern Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts, downing trees and disrupting power. Over 35,000 residents of Vermont lost their electricity for several days.

The Governor met with FEMA officials, local officials and residents in Wilmington, Marlboro and West Dover, Vermont. FEMA officials also surveyed the region to determine if Vermont will qualify for federal assistance.

“I extend my thanks to the people of all of the affected communities who pitched in during this storm,” said Governor Douglas. “I am proud of the many state and local responders who worked tirelessly to restore road access and power,” he said.

The Governor attended three separate meetings in the area and heard about how people worked together. “It’s impressive how people pulled together and helped one another,” said the Governor. “We have learned much since the ice storm of 1998, but there is always room for improvement,” he said.

Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) will be working to conduct an “after action review” of the event and the response. Strengths and weaknesses will be identified and incorporated into future responses. “It’s an iterative process,” said Barbara Farr, Director of VEM. “Through each incident we gain greater expertise and capacity,” she said.

FEMA will likely determine if Vermont will receive federal assistance by the end of the week.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: December 31, 2008 09:12:12