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Local aid available for flood victims

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The governor has made a formal request for federal disaster aid for flood damage last month, but there is already some relief available.

The flash floods occurred when up to eight inches of rain fell during a four day stretch in late May. The Essex-Jericho-Underhill area of Chittenden County saw the heaviest damage. But Essex and Lamoille counties were also hard hit. All three counties are covered in the governor's request for federal funding. That money would go toward repairing damaged roads and other public infrastructure.
But homeowners can also seek help from a local funding source. The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund -- set-up in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene -- is offering financial assistance to people whose homes were damaged by flood waters.

David Coats, Chair of the Disaster Relief Fund and says while they are still dealing with cases from Tropical Storm Irene, they will continue to help residents who suffered significant damage last month. "Fifty homes, 50 individuals -- that's a lot. We feel it met the minimum which was a widespread impact on the State of Vermont and individuals in the State of Vermont," he said.

There is no deadline to apply for assistance.

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