A year after strong wind gusts cause erosion and damage at the Colchester Causeway, the town of Colchester is getting a boost from the federal government.
Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Friday $1.15 million has been awarded from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide permanent repairs to the causeway that connects Colchester and South Hero through Lake Champlain.
In May 2018, gusts as high as 80 miles per hour lead to waves that caused the damage.
The state provided relief to allow the causeway to reopen for the season.
This new funding allows for work for permanent repairs in the fall. “This storm caused significant damage in several Vermont counties – damage that was beyond the ability of many of our towns to recover from,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch wrote in a joint statement. “That’s why we have a federal disaster recovery program, and we are pleased FEMA recognized the need for federal funding to help restore this popular recreation area as well as other infrastructure damaged in the May storm.”