Vermont May Seek FEMA Funds for Flash Flood Damage

VT Department of Public Safety News Release
Date:
5/24/13

Contact:
Vermont Department of Public Safety
(800) 347-0488
Time:
5:00 p.m.

Preliminary Damage Assessment/Road Closures

WATERBURY – Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn has requested a Preliminary Damage Assessment team from FEMA to determine if any county in the state qualifies for federal disaster aid. If the assessment is approved by FEMA the teams will be in-state early next week.

To qualify for public infrastructure disaster assistance the FEMA team would need to confirm $1-million in damage to roads, bridges, and other public property. Chittenden County (the most likely county to qualify) would need to show damages equaling $3.45 per capita in the county (roughly $550,000).

Some areas of Vermont received up to 6 inches of rain in the storm causing widespread flooding. State and local responders were out all night answering emergency calls and local swiftwater rescue teams helped with evacuations from flooded areas.

State and local road crews have also been out all day today making as many roads as possible suitable for travel. Much progress has been made.

Road Closure Update

Route 15 is OPEN (with the exception of the area around Cilley Hill Road, which is expected to open by 5:30 p.m.)
Route 128 between Essex and Westford is CLOSED (VTrans reports water is subsiding, however)
Maidstone Highway as it enters New Hampshire is CLOSED

Further updates will come via Facebook:
DEMHS: https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement
VTrans: https://www.facebook.com/pages/VTrans/143848835653728
Vermont State Police: https://www.facebook.com/VermontStatePolice

Forecast sites:
National Weather Service Burlington: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/btv/
National Weather Service Albany (Bennington and Windham county forecast office): http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/btv/

For road conditions call 5-1-1 or visit 511vt.com.

One response to this post.

  1. If it only takes $3.45 per capita to be declared a disaster site, I wonder if the recent would gasoline tax increase would qualify us. That’s going to cost people like $70 each a year.

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