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Vt. officially requests federal help for storm damage

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The state of Vermont has officially requested help from the federal government to pay for storm damage over the past two months.

The summer storms dumped inches of extra rain, delaying many construction projects and adding an extra 27 unplanned ones to the state transportation department's workload. To help pay for those fixes, Monday, Vermont applied for $4.2 million of federal money for the state's highway system.

"We believe that they will approve this application and this will qualify for 100 percent funding from the federal government for emergency repairs and 80 percent for longer term repairs," Vt. Transportation Secretary Brian Searles said.

That money would go toward damage from the storms that started at the end of May and went through the Fourth of July weekend. Right now, VTrans hopes weather this fall will cooperate and allow them to get back on track.

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