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Vermont seeks federal disaster declaration

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July 29, 2013


By Justin Haas

MONTPELIER, Vermont: Governor Peter Shumlin submitted his second request in a month for a major disaster declaration. He listed seven counties, half of the state, as hit with over $3.9 million in public infrastructure damage from storms between June 25 and July 11.[1]

Shumlin wrote, "Rainfall accumulations during this period were 400 percent of normal for this time of year. These storms came on the heels of the wettest May on record in Vermont and the second wettest June.”[1]

The state already received a major disaster declaration for flooding that occurred between May 22 and May 26.[1]

A major disaster declaration would open the door for the state to receive federal funds to help cover the costs associated with repairing damaged parts of the public infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems.[1]

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