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January 06, 2009

Governor Douglas to Apply for Disaster Declaration

Montpelier, VT – Today Governor Douglas announced that the initial damage assessment for the December 11th ice storm in southern Vermont has exceeded the required federal threshold of $1 million, allowing the Governor to apply for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

“Our most recent ice storm was a disaster on many levels, impacting our infrastructure and commerce,” said Governor Douglas. “The professionalism of our first responders and utility workers kept Vermonters safe, but much work remains to return to normalcy. I am pleased that FEMA promptly assessed our situation and determined we met the standard for federal assistance,” he said.

The damage assessment was conducted on December 29-30, 2008, by joint Federal, State, and local officials in Windham and Bennington counties. The estimated cost of damages and debris removal to public infrastructures exceeded $1 million, thus meeting the state. In accordance with the provisions of Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.36, the Governor will now prepare a request to President George W. Bush for disaster relief.

A letter from Governor Douglas will be sent to President Bush next week.

The ice storm that began on December 11, 2008 caused extended power outages due to significant damage to electric and telephone utilities requiring activation of the Red Cross for emergency shelters. The Vermont counties impacted to the highest degree of eligible damage include Bennington and Windham counties. Extensive tree damage and debris clean up of town roads and state highways is still underway. The storm also caused extensive power outages and ice damage to the other New England States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: January 06, 2009 14:54:38