Williston, VT -- Over $500,000 in individual disaster assistance has been provided to victims of the severe storms and flooding of June 5-13, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report that assistance totaling $559,156 has been approved for families and individuals. Individual Assistance includes programs to help pay rent for alternate short-term housing, to meet necessary expenses and serious needs, and to help homeowners make minimal repairs to make their homes livable.
Some 262 victims have already registered for federal disaster assistance. Tom Torti, the lead state official for disaster recovery urged Vermont residents who haven't yet registered to call the FEMA's toll free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number for those who are hearing- or speech-impaired is 1-800-462-7585. Registrations may be made between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., EDT, Monday through Saturday.
"The sooner people apply, the quicker we can get them some help," Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies said. "The goal of this disaster operation is to get people on the road to recovery as soon as possible."
Four Vermont counties have been declared eligible for individual assistance disaster programs. They are: Franklin, Orleans, Lamoille, and Caledonia.