FEMA will be in Vermont today to access damage to six counties damaged in the June 29-July 1 rainstorms. Bennington County was added to the FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) request after Vermont Officials identified additional damage this week.
The state has identified more than $6-million in public infrastructure damage, far exceeding the $1-million threshold Vermont must show to be considered for a major disaster declaration.
FEMA staff will tour the six counties with representatives of VEM, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Regional Planning Commissions, and individual towns to verify damage estimates.
Not all towns with damage need to be visited to qualify for assistance. FEMA needs to verify enough damage statewide and countywide for a possible Public Assistance disaster declaration, and towns will apply for assistance later