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Vt. Seeks FEMA Aid After Ice Storm

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is asking FEMA to assess ice storm damage.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is asking the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) to assess ice storm damage.

Gov. Shumlin wants the agency to assess the Champlain Valley and northern Vermont counties impacted by the on-going ice storm.

The state is applying in an attempt to secure federal public assistance to help cover the cost of cleanup and recovery from the storm.

"I am requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency join State and Local teams to conduct a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment in the Counties of Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans for Public Assistance," wrote Joe Flynn, Director of the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to FEMA's Acting Regional Administrator Paul F. Ford.

Depending upon final costs, Vermont could be eligible for federal assistance for some municipal and cooperative utility restoration costs, local debris clearance and removal costs, and other disaster caused infrastructure damage.

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