Colchester, Vt. -- Local official briefings have been scheduled to explain the process of applying for federal infrastructure assistance for flooding caused by periods of severe storms that occurred in Vermont from Aug.12-Sept. 12, 2004, Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said today.
With President Bush's September 23 disaster declaration, seven Vermont counties became eligible for federal funding to pay affected local governments 75 percent of the approved costs for restoration of damaged public facilities. Federal funds will also be available to the state on a cost-shared basis for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.
"Procedures for requesting infrastructure assistance, including eligibility requirements and the reimbursement process to local governments, will be explained at a series of briefings to be held this week," said Philip E. Parr, Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster. "FEMA wants to be sure that infrastructure applicants receive all the assistance available to them under the law."
The schedule for the seven declared counties (Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans and Windham) is as follows:
FRANKLIN COUNTY,Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., VT AOT District 8 Garage, Enosburg, Vermont
Chittenden/Lamoille Counties, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., VT AOT District 5 Garage, Chimney Corners, Vermont
Orleans County, Thursday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m., Gateway Building, Newport, Vermont
Caledonia County, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., NVDA Office, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Windham County, Friday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m., VT AOT District 2 Office, Dummerston, Vermont
Addison County, Monday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m., Municipal Conference Rm, Middlebury, Vermont
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.