Vt. seeks fund for storm repairs
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont has received approval to apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs from last year’s flooding.
FEMA had ruled earlier that the state wasn’t eligible to apply for the aid at first. That’s now been reversed.
One of the projects officials hope to receive assistance for is a 93-mile trail across northern Vermont. The Lamoille County Rail Trail suffered nearly $400,000 in damage from flooding during the spring of 2011, and another quarter-million dollars of damage from Tropical Storm Irene in late August.
The trail runs from Swanton to St. Johnsbury along the former Lamoille Valley Railroad.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation owns the railway right of way, and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers manages the trail for the state.