Disaster declared in seven countiesAugust 05,2013Disaster declared in seven counties
WATERBURY — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in seven counties in Vermont — including Rutland and Windsor — stemming from severe storms earlier this summer.
The declaration makes the counties of Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington and Windsor eligible for federal assistance for public infrastructure damage after heavy rain and flooding between June 25 and July 11.
The declaration allows communities in those counties to receive at least 75 percent federal reimbursement for repairs to public roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that was damaged during the storm. In addition, all counties are eligible to apply for assistance for work to prevent or reduce long-term risk from natural hazards.
“I appreciate the help from President Obama, and the hard work of our federal congressional delegation, to ensure Vermont communities get the assistance they need to recover from these storms and flooding,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “Vermont has been pounded by storms, high winds and flooding this spring and summer. This federal aid is critical for town rebuilding and prevention work.”MORE IN This Just In
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