Vermont, NY likely to seek disaster aid from Halloween storm

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont and New York are expected to seek a federal disaster declaration to help pay to repair damage from the Halloween storm.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking for the help in 18 counties affected by flooding including Essex. New York officials estimate the storm caused more than $30 million in damage to public infrastructure. Cuomo is also asking for federal money through FEMA's Individual Assistance Program for several counties.

Vermont officials are also expected to seek the federal disaster declaration in the coming days to help pay an estimated $5 million in damage.

Since Tropical Storm Irene hit the state in 2011, Vermont has received 15 federal disaster declarations and one emergency declaration. Vermont Recovery and Mitigation Chief Ben Rose says the number of disasters is consistent with forecasts that the state is "seeing an increased frequency of violent precipitation events."