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VT Officials Request Federal Damage Assessment For Flooding
By Joe Gullo
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a damage assessment in areas affected by flooding from April 15-18.
A press release says the assessment will determine if counties in the state qualify for federal public assistance disaster funds. The funds would help repair damaged public infrastructure damaged in the floods.
“Vermont is still cleaning up from that storm, which closed roads and bridges in some hard-hit areas, and impacted property,” Gov. Shumlin said. “We believe damages in certain counties will meet FEMA’s threshold and are hopeful of getting federal assistance to help recover from this latest emergency situation.”
A press release says damage estimates indicate that Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, and Orange counties may show enough damage to qualify for federal assistance.
Vermont is estimating total damages from the flooding to be more than $1 million. The minimum for federal assistance is $1 million.
Governor Shumlin and Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn asked FEMA to send an official during the week of April 28 to assess the damage.