Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont's Congressional delegation announced this evening that FEMA has approved public assistance for Washington, Orange, and Essex Counties for flood relief.
This is an amendment to FEMA's earlier declaration of disaster relief for affected Vermont counties.
"This is more good news for Vermont," Gov. Shumlin said. "I am grateful to the Obama administration for amending their previous declaration to include public assistance for these three counties, which badly need the financial help in the aftermath of the flooding that occurred in late May. Thanks as well to our Congressional delegation for working with FEMA to clarify our state's needs and advocating on behalf of the impacted counties."
Barre Mayor Thomas Lauzon said the money was appreciated, particularly adding Orange County to the declaration to cover damage to the reservoir that serves the city's water system. That reservoir is located about a quarter mile outside the Washington County border. Damage there was set at $1.5 million.
"The $1.5 million in damage to the reservoir alone, we couldn't have paid for that," Mayor Lauzon said. "Barre would have a very different future if it wasn't for this assistance."