Vermont requests damage assessment from FEMA

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Vermont Emergency Management is requesting a preliminary damage assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to determine if the state qualifies for a federal disaster declaration.

The request is for Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington and Windham counties.

To qualify for a declaration, Vermont must show $1 million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs. Individual counties must also show damages and recovery costs of $3.68 per capita – this includes restoration costs for public utilities.

Preliminary estimates by the state indicate Vermont will exceed the $1 million threshold. FEMA must verify the damage before the state can request a disaster declaration.

“While faced with outages and damage that reached nearly every corner of the state, utilities and road crews have done a great job working to restore services and clearing roads this week, and that work continues. I thank them for their round-the-clock efforts. The financial impact has been significant and we are confident we will qualify for a federal disaster declaration, which will ease the effects on communities and utilities,” Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement.

Costs eligible for reimbursement include repair work on public roads and buildings, tree and debris removal from public rights of way, municipal employee time spent working on recovery, contractor help, equipment rentals, and other costs associated with the storm.

Homeowners should report damage to their insurance companies.  If you have questions, you can reach out to the Vermont Divisions of Financial Regulation Insurance division at 800-964-1784.

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