FEMA officials assess Windsor County storm damageStraff Report | July 09,2013WINDSOR - State officials said a federal disaster declaration will most likely be issued for Windsor County as a result of recent flooding damage.
Agency of Transportation and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are visiting Windsor County towns today to determine if Windsor County qualifies for public assistance. AOT representative Chris Bump said Windsor County qualifies for federal assistance if damages are assessed at $195,000.
AOT and FEMA visited several locations Tuesday in Hartland and Windsor and they believe that the damages sustained in both towns will meet the required threshold to qualify for federal assistance.
"We're pretty sure that between these two towns, we'll surpass the threshold," Bump said.
This is the first step in receiving a federal disaster declaration and financial assistance in rebuilding public infrastructure. According to Vermont Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma, federal rules mandate the state to show at least $1-million in damages to be considered for a Public Assistance disaster declaration.
Beyond that, an individual county must show damages to roads, bridges, and other public property equaling or exceeding $3.45 per capita or $195,000 to qualify for assistance.MORE IN This Just InPolice are seeking information about a pair of robberies in Rutland and Wallingford Wednesday night. Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Gov. Peter Shumlin announces demise of his single-payer health insurance initiative; convicted first-degree murderer Alan Prue sentenced to 50 years for killing teacher Melissa Jenkins; veterans chafed about park naming snub.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 497 BC, first Saturnalia festival celebrated in Rome, Scandinavians retain 'Yule Goat' as symbol of season, Krampus, evil side of holiday cheer, terrorizes children into better behavior, more advice from Christopher Hitchens.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 533 AD, Byzantine Emperor Justinian I gets the old empire back together again routing the Vandals from Carthage; in 1890, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull is killed at his home in South Dakota; in 1970, Soviets land probe on Venus.
- DUANE CARLETON: Rutland Herald Events Editor George Nostrand interviews musician Duane Carleton, whose new CD 'A GIRL LIKE THAT' drops Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, and will be celebrated that evening with a show at 9:30 p.m. at Killington's Pickle Barrel.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Sigisimund, king of Hungary, creates Order of the Dragon to defend the West against Ottoman Turks; Chong Ho escorts 300 virgins to China; J. Bruce Ismay born this day, built Titanic, gets free trip, does not go down with the ship.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Storm takes out power for 60,000 Vermonters; state gets $33M to fund pre-K education; Springfield board OKs fund to demolish blighted buildings, voters have final say; George Nostrand runs down coming events.