Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to add three additional counties to their request for a damage assessment following flooding from April 15-18. The assessment is to determine if counties in the state qualify for federal Public Assistance disaster funds to help repair public infrastructure damaged in the floods.
Additional damage reports from Franklin, Orleans, and Washington counties suggest those counties may also qualify for a disaster declaration. The Governor and Director previously requested a damage assessment for Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, and Orange counties. State estimates place total damage at over the $1 million minimum required to qualify the state for assistance.
FEMA personnel will be in Vermont starting Tuesday April 29 to verify damage and determine which counties would qualify for a disaster declaration. A request would then be sent to President Barack Obama, who would have ultimate authority to grant a declaration.