Vt. requests disaster declaration for December winter storm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has made a formal request for federal disaster funds for last Christmas’ winter storm.
The request seeks help for communities and public utilities to recover costs for repairs and power restoration and covers Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington Counties.
The request says rain and melting snow, flooding some roads, and that record high winds caused 75,000 power outages statewide.
Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann said the federal assistance ensures ratepayers don take the brunt of storm costs. “The cost to restore power for eligible utilities was well over and above what they budget for storm response. So, in order to ensure ratepayers for these utilities aren’t hit with an exorbitant rate hike then -- that’s why this funding is very very helpful and very necessary,” she said.
FEMA recently identified nearly $3 million in program-eligible costs, far exceeding the $1.14 million threshold for federal assistance.
New Hampshire also recently applied for up to $3 million in disaster funding from the same storm.
Gov. Sununu requests FEMA funds for repair after Christmas storm
Vermont electric companies hoping to receive FEMA funds after Christmas storm
Vt. officials seek FEMA disaster assessment for Christmas storm
Power back on for most Vermonters
Power still out for many Washington Electric Co-op customers 5 days later
Woman killed by falling tree during Friday’s winter storm
Storm ends but travel headaches linger as some still wait to get home
Line crews still working to restore power to hundreds of Vermonters
Storm passes this Christmas Eve but outages remain
Vermont animal sanctuary damaged in weekend storm
Copyright 2023 WCAX. All rights reserved.