State officials estimate the damage from the ongoing flooding to exceed $3 million, Gov. Peter Shumlin stated in a news release yesterday. Since this greatly exceeds the $1 million mark needed to qualify for federal aid, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will visit Vermont shortly to begin an accessment.
“This is the first step in the process of securing federal assistance for Vermont as a result of the flooding,” Gov. Shumlin said. “We need the water to recede so we can get a clearer view of the damage, and we’re still watching the weather, concerned about more rain and additional flooding.”
The local preliminary damage total is $2.7 million for local infrastructure and $622,000 for state owned facilities. The state system is counted separately because of the involvement of two federal agencies, FEMA and FHWA (Federal Highway Administration).
“These numbers are sure to rise as the lake level will not come down quickly,” said Transportation Secretary Brian Searles.
The Transportation Agency reported that as of yesterday, Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle and Lamoille Counties have met the countywide per capita threshold for federal assistance. It’s not clear if Washington County has hit the specific damage trigger to also secure federal assistance.