• Town by town a year later
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    • Our state is a different place than it was before Irene.
    • With this special coverage we aim to measure the capacity of Vermonters — some extraordinary people, as well as ordinary people in extraordinary times — who have helped to make Vermont’s recovery even more historic and memorable.
    • Here you will find stories of strength, determination, rebirth, rebuilding and success. You will meet some incredible Vermonters. You will discover their healing, grief and ongoing struggles.
    • You also will find commentaries by three Vermonters who were instrumental in our state’s recovery, as well as brief updates from many of the hardest hit towns across the Green Mountain State.
    • By all measures, we’re stronger today than ever.
    Irene by the Numbers

    As of June 30, 2012

    Communities that were isolated: 13

    Number of homes that were damaged statewide: 3,500

    Number of miles of state roads damaged: 500

    Number of bridges closed: 34

    Miles of railway made impassable by Irene: 200

    Number of people who died in Vermont as a result of Tropical Storm Irene: 6

    Number of state employees who were displaced: 1,500

    Of Vermont’s 251 towns, number impacted by Irene: 225

    Number of towns considered to be “hard-hit”: 54

    Local bridges and roads currently awaiting repair: 30

    Percentage of the 3,500 damaged town-owned roads, bridges and culverts that have been re-opened: 99

    FEMA grants distributed to families and individuals distributed: $22.7 million

    Households awarded the maximum grant of $30,200: 220

    Additional FEMA assistance granted to 86 mobile homeowners after the state was given the authority to declare them condemned: $1 million

    Estimated amount of private donations to the Vermont Community Foundation from a variety of locally based Irene relief efforts: $11 million

    Long Term Recovery Committees set up in the most heavily impacted areas: 9

    FEMA applicants with unmet needs: 1,638

    Unmet FEMA needs in Windsor County alone, the most of all the counties: $2,198,662

    Vermont Strong plates sold to benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund: 14,300

    Funds raised from license plate sales: $160,000

    Additional plates shipped to retailers around the state: 11,900

    Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds secured by the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: $21.7 million

    Percentage of the funding that must be used in Windsor and Washington counties: 80

    Affordable rental apartment buildings flooded in Brattleboro, leading to the displacement of elderly and disabled tenants: 6

    Cost estimated by the Brattleboro Housing Authority to redevelop: $15 million

    Real Property Verified Losses recorded by the FEMA Individuals and Households Program, representing just over 1,000 homes and businesses: $25.5 million

    Increase in downtown tax credits passed by the Legislature for eligible small businesses and rental properties: $500,000

    Average loan to businesses of the 294 granted by the Vermont Economic Development Authority: $56,297

    Total amount of VEDA loans: $16,551,357

    Small Business Administration loans approved to 140 businesses: $17.4 million

    SBA loans approved by late March to businesses and individuals combined: $33 million

    Funds accelerated by the State Treasurer’s Office to cash-strapped towns and schools: $155 million

    Towns developing project worksheets for FEMA to rebuild damaged roads, bridges and culverts: 200

    Percentage of the 2,231 completed project worksheets that include infrastructure upgrades or improvements: 23

    Increase in funding in the Town Highway Structures program, provided by the passage of the Transportation Bill: $500,000

    Percent reduction in the amount towns are responsible for to repair highways under the Federal Highway Emergency Relief program, another feature of the Transportation Bill: 10

    Percentage state will now contribute under the amended program: 10

    Initial amount allocated by the Legislature to restore and renovate Waterbury’s State Office Complex: $12 million

    Stream banks and channels in need of work from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection program: 152

    Sites the EWP identified as urgent: 51

    Of those urgent sites, number where work has been completed: 35

    Agricultural producers reporting damage to the USDA: 463

    Estimated acres of land damaged, including lost crops and infrastructure, land washed away and wind damage to maple sugar woods: 9,348

    Farmers awarded Vermont Community Foundation grants: 198

    Total funds awarded to farmers by that committee of state and local agencies: $1.9 million (A sixth round is in progress)

    Farmers reporting all storm damage repairs had been completed of 375 surveyed in May: 50

    Farmers from the same survey who believe their recovery will need additional economic assistance: 46

    Federal grants being distributed to repair damaged fields: $4.7 million

    Percentage increase in unemployment claims from Sept. 3-10: 376

    Starting Over Strong crisis counselors providing free mental health and educational services in the hardest hit areas of the states: 15

    Individuals contacted through SOS door-to-door outreach: 411

    Individuals served by SOS and in group educational or counseling settings: 870

    Sources: Vermont Recovering Stronger Irene Recovery Status Report; Sue Minter, Vermont Recovery Officer; Shumlin administration