Vermont submits federal disaster aid request

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont has officially requested disaster aid from the federal government for last month's storms.

The state says a preliminary assessment from FEMA identified $3.7 million in public infrastructure damages from the late-October rain storms, which left thousands of Vermonters in the dark for days. To qualify, the state needed to exceed $1 million.

Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windham counties each exceeded the $3.68 per capita threshold needed to qualify communities and public utilities for assistance.

If the disaster declaration is granted, the federal government would reimburse communities for 75-percent of recovery costs. It's now up to President Trump to decide.