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January 15, 2009

FEMA Approves Federal Disaster Declaration for Vermont

Declaration will Aid Communities Impacted by December Ice Storm

Montpelier, VT - President George Bush has approved Governor Jim Douglas’ request for a federal disaster declaration to aid communities in Bennington and Windham Counties as they recover from last month’s ice storm. The storm of December 11-12 saw massive power outages due to a heavy coating of ice on trees and power lines throughout southern Vermont.

“The initial assessment identified over $1-million in damages, mostly to small towns and villages,” Governor Douglas said. “This declaration will provide much needed relief to those communities that were hardest hit and allow them to clean-up and rebuild.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency declaration will help towns and cities in Bennington and Windham Counties. Funds will go to communities to remove debris that has littered the area as thousands of trees and power lines were downed in the storm. The declaration will also allow towns to repair roads and other municipal electric utilities. Much of this work has already been done and communities will be able to apply for funds to cover up to 75 of the cost already incurred including overtime paid to municipal employees.

“Emergency workers in the individual communities did an outstanding job keeping residents safe, and working with the state and local utilities during the storm to ensure the appropriate response; I commend them for their service,” the Governor said.

FEMA funds will pay for up to 75 of expenses accrued by cities and towns during and after the storm. FEMA and Vermont’s Agency of Transportation will be setting up meetings for towns to star the process of damage reimbursement.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: January 15, 2009 08:55:31