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FEMA agrees to fund Vt. Irene culvert replacement

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to fund the replacement of a large culvert in Townshend that was washed out by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and the state's congressional delegation say the ruling could be a precedent that would allow dozens of Vermont towns to qualify to be reimbursed by FEMA for 90% of the costs of similar projects.

Shumlin says the decision is critical for Townshend and the dozens of other Vermont communities that rebuilt culverts to withstand future flooding.

The old corrugated metal culvert was completely washed out by the August 2011 storm. Townshend replaced it with a new open bottom culvert more likely to withstand future flooding.

Now FEMA will help pay Townshend's $100,000 additional cost.

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