Vermont receives $500,000 emergency funding for Halloween storm relief

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VERMONT — After the Halloween rainstorm, which left widespread damage throughout Vermont, the US Department of Transportation approved $500,000 in emergency relief funding.

The emergency funds will support the Vermont Agency of Transportation in restoring the roads damaged on the federal highway system during the storm event of October 31-November 1.

“This funding is a critical step toward restoring Vermont’s infrastructure after this devastating storm,” Governor Phil Scott said. “I’m grateful to all of the emergency responders and road crews for their ongoing service in these efforts.”

In addition to the emergency support for federal roads, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently completed a damage assessment of public local roads to determine whether the state is also eligible for a federal Public Assistance disaster declaration.

Governor Scott will make a formal request to help reimburse municipalities for 75 percent of response and public infrastructure repairs following the storm that left more than $5 million in damages to state, local, and federal roads in Vermont.

Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn requested emergency funds from the Federal
Highway Administration, and the state has been granted a quick release of $500,000 for VTrans to begin emergency repairs to the federal system.

Remaining federal highway funds will likely be released as the work, which may extend out to 24 months, is completed.

“We were prepared for this, we activated swiftly, and our crews out in the field worked diligently to get roadways re-opened as quickly as possible,” Secretary Flynn said.

Additionally, communities in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington counties will be considered for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs to local public infrastructure.