Vt disaster group gets new leaderThe Associated Press | January 15,2014MONTPELIER — The organization that oversees a private Vermont disaster relief fund has a new chairman.
The Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group says that Chris Graff has succeeded David Coates, who was named to lead the panel by Gov. Peter Shumlin shortly after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont in August 2011.
Since Irene, the fund has raised more than $7 million to meet the unmet needs of disaster survivors — after federal and state assistance, private insurance, aid from regional and local recovery groups, and private foundations.
The group provided assistance to about 400 cases from 2011 flooding and an additional 20 cases stemming from 2013 flooding. A number of Irene-related cases remain pending. The fund will remain in place for future disasters.MORE IN This Just InTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: A fiery pit nicknamed the 'Gate of Hell' in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan has been burning for 40 years. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full StoryRICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Workers on this day in 1984 in a Cheshire, England, peat bog find well-preserved human remains at least 2,000 years dead, born this day in 1843, Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of the president, present at three assassinations. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads data direct to your head: Workers on this day... Full StoryTOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Josh O'Gorman reports on the impact of state budget cuts on state colleges, Rutland Town welcomes Donna Zeller as town clerk, Bryanna Allen in Killington for chili cookoff and Haley talks up big Shrine game with N.H. and Vt. 0Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Full Story
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