Vermont is seeking federal help for five counties impacted by last weekend storms. On Thursday, Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) Director Erica Bornemann asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment for Addison, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, and Windsor counties. FEMA needs to verify Vermont’s estimates as a first step to determine if the state qualifies for aid.
More than $2-million in damage to public infrastructure has been verified by the state, and the cost of more damage is still to be officially tallied.
If Vermont is eligible, communities could receive 75 percent reimbursement for response and recovery costs. Those costs include repairs to local roads, public buildings, other municipal assets, and certain costs related to response.