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News: Vermont Severe Storms And Flooding

August 5, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermonters who received a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency stating they are ineligible for disaster assistance do not have to take "no" as a final answer. "All applicants have the right to appeal a FEMA decision," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert. "By doing so you are asking us to review your case again, and we will gladly do that. We want to ensure that every eligible Vermonter gets all the assistance they qualify for."
August 3, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- If you experienced damage or losses in this spring's floods, you have until August 15 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
August 2, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Some Vermonters saw their homes and cars swamped by this spring's heavy rains and floods, while others saw their jobs or businesses swept away. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping put the state's economy back on track, not only by providing financial assistance to families and businesses, but also by hiring residents in Vermont to help with the recovery efforts and spending money in the local economy.
August 1, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Contractors have been essential to the recovery of Vermont's rebuilding and recovery efforts after this spring's severe storms and flooding. However, state and federal officials are advising flood victims to use care when hiring them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not recommend or endorse any contractors. "If contractors claim they are authorized by FEMA to do repair work, do not believe it," said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig A. Gilbert.
July 28, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- After growing up in Barre, Rich Quinlan usually tries to get back for the town's homecoming festival, an annual opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. This year's visit is not his favorite way to return.
July 27, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Three more Vermont counties that sustained damage resulting from this spring's flooding have been designated to receive Public Assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the major disaster declaration for Caledonia County for the incident period May 26th to May 27th to include Essex, Orange and Washington counties.  FEMA's Public Assistance program includes reimbursement for infrastructure repairs and emergency protective measures.
July 27, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Nearly $3 million in federal disaster aid has been approved for eligible applicants affected by the spring storms and flooding that occurred from April 23rd to May 9th and May 26th to May 27th.
July 26, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Having water and muck in your house is an unpleasant experience, but federal officials say they may be to able to help with clean-up and other, not immediately apparent, problems that resulted from this spring's flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding Vermonters who suffered damages to their homes as the result of rains and flooding earlier this year that there may be additional financial assistance to remove household debris.
July 22, 2011
News Release
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a disaster recovery center in St. Johnsbury to assist individuals, households and businesses that were affected by the storms and flooding this spring in central and northeastern Vermont. The St. Johnsbury center opens officially at noon on Monday, July 25 and will be staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance.
July 22, 2011
News Release
NEWPORT, Vt. -- As a Disaster Assistance Employee, Vermont native Helena Hicks has traveled the country with FEMA. After Hurricane Andrew, she used an orange crate as her desk, setting up wherever there was room. Following the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, she walked a plank to board the disaster ship U.S.S. Peleliu, interviewing survivors for assistance. And now in her hometown of Newport, she has been making personal phone calls from the disaster recovery center, encouraging Vermonters to apply for assistance if they've been affected by the spring flooding.