FEMA approves disaster funding for Vt. Christmas storm

Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 11:55 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2023 at 12:36 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - President Joe Biden has approved a federal disaster declaration for Vermont following the Christmas storm that caused widespread power outages.

Rain and melting snow flooded some roads and then record-high winds caused 75,000 power outages statewide. FEMA recently identified nearly $3 million in program-eligible costs, far exceeding the $1.14 million threshold for federal assistance. That does not take into account Green Mountain Power’s storm expenses, the largest utility in the state.

Federal funding will now be available to the state and local municipalities and nonprofits for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities in eight counties including Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington Counties.

State officials will hold three informational meetings for municipal leaders on how to apply for the funds. Those will take place:

  • Tuesday, March 28, 10 a.m.: Vermont Electric Co-Op, 42 Wescom Road, Johnson
  • Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m.: Vermont Department of Public Safety, 45 State Drive, Waterbury
  • Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m.: Washington Electric Co-Op, 1 Kelton Road, East Montpelier

FEMA last week approved disaster funding for New Hampshire.

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