FEMA to assess Vermont storm damage Thursday

WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont officials are seeking federal disaster assistance connected with last week's snowstorm that caused widespread power outages and other damage.

Vermont Emergency Management officials have asked FEMA to conduct assessments in Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington and Windham counties. That process is expected to begin Thursday.

To qualify for assistance, the state must show at least $1 million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs. Individual counties must also show public infrastructure damages and recovery costs of $3.78 per capita, which includes restoration expenses for public utilities.

There is no official estimate yet on the amount of damage, but officials say they expect to meet the $1 million threshold.

The storm knocked out power to more than 100,000 households and prompted the opening of several emergency shelters.

Veteran GMP lineworkers reported it was some of the worst damage they had seen.