President Obama approved Vermont’s application for a federal disaster designation hours after receiving Gov. Peter Shumlin’s formal request.
From the Burlington Free Press: “Individuals in four counties — Chittenden, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor — will be eligible under Thursday’s declaration for grants to help pay for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help people and business owners recover from the disaster.
Other counties, including those with particularly hard-hit communities in southern Vermont, are expected to be added under a supplemental request later, after authorities are able to reach those areas and offer an assessment of the damage.
Also under the declaration, state and local government, along with some nonprofits, in 13 counties will gain access to money to help with the cost of repairing damage to roads, bridges, buildings and schools. Grand Isle County was excluded because it was spared during the weekend storm.”