Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced on Thursday the major disaster declaration for seven Vermont counties was signed by President Trump.  

Governor Scott filed the declaration after the flood damage that occurred in the state between June 29 and July 1. 

According to a media release, the seven counties that will be receiving funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance disaster declaration will be for Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor Counties.

Officials say the declaration will let communities and public utilities of the counties affected to get 75 percent of federal reimbursement to repair areas damaged from the flooding.  

“This declaration will provide much-needed financial relief for the communities that that were affected and continue to have significant cleanup and repairs to complete after this storm,” said Governor Scott.

“I commend the local and state officials and work crews for their recovery efforts, and thank our federal partners, including FEMA and the White House staff for their responsiveness,” added Scott. 

FEMA checked out the damaged areas in mid-July and identified $4.7 million in public infrastructure damage.

The White House sent the following statement on the declaration: 

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017.

Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Mark H. Landry as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.