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VT Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for December's Ice Storm

Vermont is requesting a federal disaster declaration for December's ice storm.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont is requesting a federal disaster declaration for December's ice storm.

A press release says the declaration is for Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orelans counties for public infrastructure damage suffered in the storm.

If granted, it would allow communities and public utilities to receive at least 75% reimbursement for debris removal and repairs to the power grid, public roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that was damaged during the storm. Some eligible expenses would also be reimbursed at 75%. Those expenses include equipment rentals (and fuel for that equipment), the cost of contractor assistance, employee overtime tied directly to storm response and restoration, and other expenses.

A press release says a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) started on January 2 identified more than $3 million in damages in Vermont during the ice storm. The state must only show $1 million in damages to qualify for a declaration.
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