Town Manager Bob Stacey points to a section of the Gilson Road in Hartland that was washed out during an early July storm. For this town, the 2013 weather has been much worse than Tropical Storm Irene.
"A lot of damage," Stacey said. "Probably 90 percent of the roads had some effect."
Much of the work has been completed, but the major repairs will come with a price tag in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"We still have three major repairs that need to be done. That will be done by contractors. It is just out of our realm," Stacey said.
And Hartland is just one of several Vermont towns hit hard by flash flooding. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials toured the region and President Obama recently granted the state's request for a federal disaster declaration.
"I'm sick and tired of having floods and having to go to the president for disaster relief, but I am very, very grateful," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.
The affected counties for this round of funding include Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington and Windsor. With the declaration, the government could end up picking up 75 percent of the tab.
"This is my fifth declaration for federal funding that I have had to do in my two and a half years as governor, so they are getting used to me down there," Shumlin said.
"Being the old Vermonter type that we are around here, we say, well, we will just take care of it ourselves. But it's nice to have that relief. It sure helps on the tax rate," Stacey said.
And a break for the tax rate is welcome news for town residents, who are dealing with their own storm-related problems. Like the folks at the Lemax Farm in Hartland, a section of their corn crop was literally washed away. The farm leases the land, but it's less field to plant in the future.
Ed Meacham/Lemax Farm: We were hauling manure over there and I saw what looked to be a hole, so I walked over and it was a hole.
Reporter Adam Sullivan: Unbelievable. How do you fix something like that?
Ed Meacham: I can't. It's way bigger than I can do.
Three counties in New Hampshire-- Cheshire, Sullivan and Grafton-- were also declared disasters by the president. And while it's welcome news, officials say it could be months before the money begins flowing into the affected towns.
FEMA officials will be back in the region next week to assign case managers who will begin working with individual towns.
Friday, December 6 2013 7:24 AM EST2013-12-06 12:24:22 GMT
Vermont state employees will be getting paid more. The State Employees' Association say workers will see 2.5 percent pay increased each of the next two years. The tentative deal also calls for increasedMore >>
Vermont state employees will be getting paid more.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:31 AM EST2013-12-06 11:31:48 GMT
A welfare check turned into a dangerous situation in Brattleboro. Officers were called to Valley Street Thursday to check on a 39-year-old woman. While on the scene, police say the woman grabbed a largeMore >>
A welfare check turned into a dangerous situation in Brattleboro.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:28 AM EST2013-12-06 11:28:49 GMT
A plea deal may be in the works for the man who police say torched a Burlington bell tower. The College Street Congregational Church was badly damaged back in October by a fire investigators say was arson.More >>
A plea deal may be in the works for the man who police say torched a Burlington bell tower.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:22 AM EST2013-12-06 11:22:45 GMT
A Vermont family is homeless after fire destroyed their Concord home. Officials say the fire broke out Thursday afternoon on Ladd Road just before 4 p.m. By the time fire crews arrived on the scene theMore >>
A Vermont family is homeless after fire destroyed their Concord home. More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:14 AM EST2013-12-06 11:14:08 GMT
Dozens of Vermont nurses are headed to the Philippines to help victims of a deadly storm. Last month, a typhoon tore across the eastern Philippines, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands. TheMore >>
Dozens of Vermont nurses are headed to the Philippines to help victims of a deadly storm.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:09 AM EST2013-12-06 11:09:59 GMT
For years, Vermonters have described their favorite maple syrup with a letter grade or as Vermont Fancy. But beginning next year, those grading rules will change. Producers will begin labeling VermontMore >>
New regulations coming next year will change the way you shop for syrup in Vermont.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 6:03 AM EST2013-12-06 11:03:14 GMT
Prosecutors are calling for stiffer probation penalties for a Vermont publisher who swindled retirees out of their life savings. Last April Peter Campbell-Copp pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felonyMore >>
Prosecutors are calling for stiffer probation penalties for a Vermont publisher who swindled retirees out of their life savings.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 5:56 AM EST2013-12-06 10:56:32 GMT
There are new developments in the search for a missing New Hampshire teen. The FBI now confirms that the mother of 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez has had contact with her daughter since she vanished twoMore >>
There are new developments in the search for a missing New Hampshire teen. More >>