Vermont, federal officials assess recent storm damage

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Vermont and federal officials are reviewing damage caused by severe storms earlier this month to see if the state qualifies for federal assistance.

Vermont Emergency Management says damage assessments are taking place Thursday at public utilities and in communities in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties. The May 4 storm battered parts of the state, including a section of the bike path in Colchester that takes riders across part of Lake Champlain.

Aside from the bike path, scheduled assessments are also happening in Bolton and at Vermont Electric Cooperative.

Vermont must show that it has at least $1 million in response and recovery costs to public infrastructure to qualify for a federal disaster declaration. Individual counties also must show a certain amount damage.

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